Report: Leeds splash surprise cash on top flight starlet in deadline day deal
Leeds United have splashed a surprising £4million on securing the signing of West Brom striker Tyler Roberts in their deadline day deal, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the eventual transfer fee for the 19-year-old starlet was around £1.5million more expensive than the £2.5million deal mooted by Sky Sports on Tuesday, when they confirmed the youngster was on his way to Elland Road for a medical.
The Whites confirmed Roberts’ arrival on Wednesday, signing a four-and-a-half year deal until 2022, although there was no mention of the fee.
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of forward Tyler Roberts from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 31, 2018
It is said that Baggies boss Alan Pardew was keen on keeping the hot prospect at the Hawthorns with a new contract, but Thomas Christiansen has managed to bolster his front line in what was a last minute move.
Football Insider verdict
While £2.5million seems the sort of fee Leeds would be looking to play for a player of Roberts’ experience and potential, the £4million is certainly more like what West Brom would have been demanding to see him exit. In today’s transfer market transfer deals are so covert, so there will be very few people who know the actual numbers, but as they say, there is no smoke without fire. Have the Whites really splashed the cash for his signing then? Quite possibly, but if he becomes a prolific goal scorers and his goals secure a top six spot for the club then no one will be considering the fee. However, if he is a major flop then questions may be asked about just how much the club spent on his signature.
In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider has exclusively revealed that the club are hunting a midfielder eyed up by Premier League sides.
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