By Will Butcher
Wigan signed striker Omar Bogle from Grimsby for more than £3million on deadline day after Leeds decided not to make an eleventh hour bid.
Guardian deputy sports news editor Ed Aarons revealed on his personal Twitter account that Garry Monk’s side were interested in signing the League Two goal machine 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 previously claimed in January that Leeds were rivalling Norwich and Rotherham for Bogle, after scoring 19 goals in 26 league matches this season as well as providing five assists.
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) January 27, 2017
Instead, Bogle moved to Championship strugglers Wigan despite Leeds’ need for a striker to boost their aim of gaining promotion to the Premier League.
The 24-year-old striker has been in wonderful form for the Shrimpers in recent seasons, after having a hand in 25 goals for Grimsby during their promotion from the National League last season.
Scoring 16 goals and providing nine assists, Bogle scored a brace in the playoff final at Wembley that saw Grimsby gain promotion to League Two and simultaneously throwing his name into the transfer sphere.
Although a move to Leeds looked likely towards the end of the window, it seems that Monk’s side decided against signing Bogle for a huge £3million fee plus add-ons.
Football Insider verdict:
Signing a new striker was vastly important to Leeds chances of gaining promotion to the Premier League this term, and in turn have suffered a blow as the reported pursuit of West Ham’s Ashley Fletcher also failed to materialise. However, unproven above the fourth tier of English football, Leeds are wise to avoid splashing out such a large transfer fee on Bogle and could look to wait until the summer to provide top scorer Chris Wood with top-quality cover. Leeds spent £3million Kemar Roofe in the summer, and the attacker has scored just twice since his move from Oxford United. With that likely to be in the back of their minds, a move for Bogle was halted.
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