By Alex Stevens
Leeds did not sign Omar Bogle on deadline day because Garry Monk did not want him, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay has taken to Twitter to explain why the Championship big hitters lost out to struggling Wigan for the prolific striker in the final minutes of the January window.
Grimsby director John Fenty has revealed that Leeds were given the chance to beat the offer tabled by Wigan for Bogle after closely tracking him last month.
But Leeds turned down the opportunity to land the 24-year-old at the eleventh hour and he immediately completed a permanent transfer to the DW Stadium.
Responding to a supporter of the Elland Road club about why Leeds missed out on the striker, the reliable Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that the “message I’m getting is that [the] agent was pushing him Leeds’ way” and he was “not convinced Monk wanted him”.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 8, 2017
This gives a fresh perspective as to why Leeds’ striker search did not end with Bogle arriving at the Elland Road entrance door.
However, the promotion hopefuls did make two new signings on deadline day, with Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza arriving from Swansea and Villarreal respectively in what will both initially be loan deals.
Bogle, who was stuck in non-league football at Solihull before joining Grimsby in the summer of 2015, served notice of his potential on Tuesday night with a memorable full debut for Wigan as he scored both their goals in a 2-2 league draw against Norwich.
“There was another club, which I now don’t mind revealing as Leeds United, who were tracking the interest in Omar and they had an opportunity, at the last minute on deadline day, to come in and pip what was being offered by Wigan,” said Fenty to the Grimsby Telegraph.
“They weren’t prepared to do that and so that gives me the feeling that the deal we settled on with Wigan was of a good – and fair – value for a player of Omar’s calibre and future potential.”
In other Leeds transfer news, there has been a finale in a major deal after a £7million Leeds bid was tabled.