Leeds United strike target Jason Cummings cheaper than 12 months agents fees

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Hibernian want £700,000 for Leeds United target Jason Cummings, it has been reported.

Leeds United were reported at the weekend to be tracking prolific Hibernian striker Jason Cummings, with their interest reported first by the Scottish Sun.

Cummings has netted 14 times in 20 games this season, and at just 20-years-old is one of Scotland's brightest young talents.

A new report in The Sun claims Hibs are open to a deal at just £700,000 - with fellow Championship side Derby County also interested.

What is quite staggering about the price he is claimed to be available for, from a Leeds perspective, is that it is a smaller amount than the figure they have spent on paying agents over the past 12 months.

The Yorkshire Evening Post this week reported that the club's payment to players' representatives over the past 12 months for which figures are available, is as high as £786,897.

This is approximately a 25 per cent increase on the previous year, in which they spent £597,901.

Payment to agents may be seen as a necessary evil to get players through the door, but the fact the club could sign Cummings - a player who has the potential to affect their league position positively, for cheaper than their payout to third parties, highlights both what a bargain he would be, and that the club are spending too much on agents.

Football League data shows Rotherham United have spent the least, just £183,000 - while Fulham the most - at an astronomical £2.3 million.

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