By Russell Edge

5th Jan, 2018 | 5:45am

Confirmed: Bargain Leeds attacking target on verge of transfer, talks enter final stage

Leeds United look set to miss out on the capture of 18-year-old Norwegian striker Abdul-Basit Agouda after it was confirmed he is on the verge of signing for Stabaeck in Norway’s top flight.
Football Insider had exclusively revealed earlier this season that the Whites were among the front runners for the young forward’s signing on a free contract, having turned down to sign a new deal at Stromsgodset prior to it expiring at the turn of the new year.
However it appears they have lost out on a bargain swoop for the Norwegian youth international, with his agent, Atta Anneke, and Stabaeck’s director Inge Andre Olsen both confirming that transfer talks had entered the final stages.
Anneke told Norwegian publication Nettavisen: “It is true that we are talking to Stabæk regarding a transition for Abdul-Basit.
“We agree on his personal contract, but there are still a few things left Strømsgodset and Stabæk must discuss.”
Meanwhile Olsen confirmed that he was expecting the deal to be sorted out imminently, as the two clubs seek to agree terms over compensation considering Agouda’s age.
“We think everything is in place at the beginning of next week. We hold on and have been on this deal for a while.
“We must try to agree on the structure of this, he has been with them for some years. He is here and training, so there are some details we need to get in touch with Strømsgodset.”
He made just five appearances across all competitions in his last season for Stromsgodset prior to the end of his contract, two of which came in Norway’s top flight.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds may well be bitterly disappointed over losing out on Agouda, who seemed to be a signing well within reach for the Whites. The contract situation should have played to their advantage but have allowed him to slip through their fingers. While there is the chance sentimental reasons – the opportunity to remain in Norway, for one – swayed his decision, the opportunity to play in England’s second tier should have been enough of a draw, with Leeds likely to offer much better wages than those in his homeland. Still, this is one the club will have to sweep under the rug and forget about, with a striker still likely to be the priority for January.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been handed a shock boost in their international deal.

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