By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans on Twitter are miffed that the club did not sign Omar Bogle in January after the storming start to his Wigan career.
Bogle scored twice on his full debut for the Latics on Tuesday night as they drew 2-2 against Norwich in a home Championship fixture.
The striker moved to the DW Stadium from Grimsby for more than £3million on deadline day after Leeds decided not to make an eleventh hour offer for the prolific front man.
Guardian deputy sports news editor Ed Aarons reported on his personal Twitter account that Garry Monk’s side were interested in signing the goal machine from League Two but opted not to table a “late bid”.
Told that fee paid by Wigan for Omar Bogle could eventually reach more than £3m. Leeds decided against late bid
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) February 3, 2017
Aarons had claimed earlier in January that Leeds were rivalling Norwich and Rotherham for Bogle, following his eyecatching form during his season-and-a-half at Grimsby.
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) January 27, 2017
But Championship strugglers Wigan won the race for Bogle’s signature and it has paid immediate dividends as they aim to avoid relegation from the second tier.
Leeds failed to sign a striker in the January window even though Monk had made it clear he wanted a new front man to provide cover for 21-goal leading scorer Chris Wood.
Elland Road supporters took to social media to lament at their club missing out on Bogle and questioned why he was not strongly pursued.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— KyleJames [SDMN] (@KyleJOfficial) February 7, 2017
Why didn’t we sign Bogle? #lufc
— T⚽️? (@Tomseal97) February 7, 2017
Leeds decided against a bid for Bogle….WHAATTT!!! #lufc
— Bremner’s LoveChild (@davyred93) February 7, 2017
— @ianlufc (@cheltenham_ian) February 7, 2017
£1 million for Bogle looks a bargain. Can’t believe Leeds wouldn’t match the price #lufc
— Matthew Lobley (@Matthew_Lobley) February 7, 2017
A cracking decision not to take a punt on Bogle #lufc
— The Earth Is Flat (@The_EarthIsFlat) February 7, 2017
Okay so Bogle may have been worth a punt…. #lufc
— Oli wood (@OllyJwood99) February 7, 2017
Bogle, 24, earned a move to the second tier after 19 goals in 27 league matches this season for Grimbsy, where he accumulated 35 goals and 15 assists in 77 appearances after making the step up from non-league football.
Leeds signed two players on deadline day as they refurbished their attack, but loan captures Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza are both orthodox wingers rather than strikers.
In other Leeds transfer news, there has been a finale in a major deal after a £7million Leeds bid was tabled.