Report: Leeds United deny Rodolph Austin sale

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Leeds United are backing away from reports linking them with selling Rodolph Austin.

Leeds United have denied reports they have agreed to sell Rodolph Austin, report SkySports.

They state: "Leeds United have denied that Rodolph Austin has joined Wigan."

SkySports had reported only an hour earlier that their sources had told them a deal had been agreed, with the two clubs settling on a £500,000 fee.

Austin would have become the second Leeds player to join Wigan this month, following Jason Pearce.

The midfielder has been in impressive form lately, but has a contract which expires at the end of the season.

Is this the end of the matter?

Possibly not. It's important to note the language used in SkySports' update. They write that Leeds have denied Austin has joined Wigan, rather than that he will not sign for them.

A deal could still be in the pipeline, simply not as far forward as Leeds had suggested.

Austin's departure would be a blow to Leeds in the short-term, with head coach Neil Redfearn stating over the weekend to BBC Radio Leeds that new midfield loanee Granddi Ngoyi is injured.

Having seen Pearce depart already, along with Stephen Warnock, and with Billy Sharp revealing last night to the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds had told him he was free to leave, prior to deciding to stay, it would not be a surprise if Jamaican international Austin is still sold.

Leeds are currently six points ahead of Wigan in the Championship table.

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