Alex Bruce has revealed he is baffled by the situation surrounding Jean-Kevin Augustin after Leeds United announced they would not be extending his loan spell.
The former Leeds and Hull defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, cannot remember too many precedents of such a high price loan-to-buy deal falling so flat and leaving the purchasing club having to buy a flop.
Leeds confirmed last week that the Frenchman’s loan from RB Leipzig would not be extended after his initial loan terms expired on Tuesday.
However, as revealed by Football Insider earlier this year, Leeds are obliged to buy Augustin for £18million this summer if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Bruce admits he is fascinated to see what happens with the 23-year-old this summer and that he has no idea how things are going to pan out.
Bruce told Football Insider: “It is a strange turn of events.
“It will in interesting to see how it turns out, it’s an unusual one, one where there’s not too many examples of it happening in the past.
“I’m not sure how but it will be interesting to see how they are going to resolve the situation.”
Augustin, who joined Leeds from Leipzig on loan in January, made just three substitute appearances totalling 48 minutes before the end of his loan spell.
He replaced Eddie Nketiah at Elland Road, with the Arsenal striker making just one Championship start before he was recalled by the Gunners at the start of the year.
In other Leeds United, Danny Mills has made a major Che Adams transfer claim.
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