SkySports claim Leeds agree £500,000 fee with Wigan for Rodolph Austin

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Leeds United could still sell Rodolph Austin.

Leeds United could still sell Rodolph Austin to Wigan Athletic, report SkySports.

Their website stated on Sunday evening: "Wigan Athletic have agreed a £500,000 fee with Leeds United for midfielder Rodolph Austin, according to Sky sources."

Austin has been in excellent form for Leeds lately, playing a key role in the club going the last four Championship games unbeaten and winning their last two, including a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

Leeds sold defender and club captain Jason Pearce last week to the Latics, but Austin's sale would be controversial.

Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds last week: "Yeah I've been given guarantees Rudy is not for sale, if that's the case then great, because Rudy is someone I rate highly.

"He's very influential in what we're doing at this moment in time. I think he can be influential in what we can do in the future."

Austin's contract runs out at the end of the season, and so to get a fee for him would be preferable to losing him on a free, even though Redfearn has been clear he wants the Jamaican to be offered a new deal.

Leeds have signed midfielder Granddi Ngoyi on loan from Palermo who is potentially a good fit as a replacement, but he did not feature against Huddersfield due to injury, and Neil Redfearn was unable to predict how quickly it would take him to recover, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after Saturday's win.

Austin has been overall very inconsistent during his time at Leeds, but selling him during a settled run in the side when the team is playing well, and the head coach is keen on him to stay, will undermine Neil Redfearn's control of his squad, even though it is already well established he does not make the decisions when it comes to player recruitment.

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