Date: 12th February 2018 at 5:42am
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By Richard Parks

Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction after it emerged at the weekend that the club are close to signing Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu.

The Serie B club’s general manager Matteo Scali has admitted to Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport that the Yorkshire giants are working on a deal to land centre-forward Mbakogu, 25, in the summer transfer window and that a deal is now advanced.

“There’s a gentleman agreement with Leeds for June,” Scali said, as quoted by Gazzetta.

This comes after widespread speculation, including in Gazza Mercato, that United have set aside £4.4million to sign Mbakogu in the upcoming window in what would be the highest fee they have paid for a striker since their Premier League days.

It is said that intermediary Lorenzo Tonetti, who is a close ally of Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and frequently posts images on Instagram about the club and its activities, is spearheading the club’s pursuit of the player.

However, Leeds must overcome red tape, including securing a work permit for the Nigerian, to get the deal done.

United fans are unconvinced that Mbakogu is the striker they need to ignite a team that slipped to 11th in the Championship following the weekend defeat to Sheffield United.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Scouts from the Yorkshire giants were present to watch Mbakogu score for the second tier Italian club in their 2-1 win against Spezia Calcio last month to take his haul for the campaign to eight goals in 21 appearances in all competitions.

The Nigerian has scored 37 goals in 126 Carpi matches as well as supplied 22 assists.

In other Leeds United news, fans have gone into meltdown after it has been confirmed that the club have bid “extraordinary” sum of up to £12million for goal machine.

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