Confirmed: Offer tabled as Leeds eye bargain deal for 19-year-old contract rebel
By Russell Edge
The president of Lech Poznan has confirmed that Leeds United have tabled a £177,000 (€200,000) offer for winger Kamil Jozwiak as contract disputes continue.
Polish sports news website sport.pl report that the youngster is desperate to leave his club and has rejected an offer of a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2018 which would allow him to depart on a free transfer.
Leeds have looked at securing his services prior to the expiry of his contract, with Poznan’s club president Karol Climczak confirming that the Whites had tabled a marginal offer to sign him in January.
However the Polish club’s chief appeared to rule out any sale in January, stating that if the young forward chose not to sign a new contract deal, he would be allowed to depart in the summer.
He told sport.pl: “I can confirm that we got this option (£177,000 bid), but I firmly believe that we are not interested in parting with Kamil in the winter.
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“We do not think we are ready for departure.
“If the player makes the final decision and does not want to extend the contract, then the club will leave until the summer.”
The 17-time-capped Poland under-19 international has made just seven appearances from a possible 24 matches across all competitions, with just three of those coming in the league.
He has netted twice and chipped in with another two assists, but has found himself left out of the match day squad in recent weeks, and has not made a league outing since August.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds must be keen to snap up the services of Jozwiak if they are willing to sign him for a transfer fee when he would be available on a free in six months time. Admittedly, the deal is a bargain for a Championship side, but it does not make it good value if he is not up to standard. He has struggled for game time at Poznan and although he is young and has potential, will he really be able to live up to expectations in England? Plus, is another winger what Thomas Christiansen needs right now. It is good to see them trying to conduct their transfer business early but the club must prioritise considering their abysmal run of form recently, and a 19-year-old winger who is struggling abroad does not appear to be the game changer necessary.
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