Lee Johnson criticises Leeds United’s bid for Sam Winnall

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Leeds United wanted to sign Barnsley’s Sam Winnall in the January window.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Johnson has criticised the offer submitted by Leeds United for Barnsley striker Sam Winnall towards the end of her transfer window.

Johnson said: “The bid certainly wasn’t acceptable. I don’t think even Sam thought it was acceptable if he was being honest. There’s no decision to make which means he cracks on and is happy. He was always happy here.”

The YEP reported over the weekend that Leeds had made a £300,000 offer for the striker, 25, which was swiftly rejected by Barnsley.

The striker - who started his career at Wolves - has impressed this season, netting 14 goals in 17 League One games. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances, and it is no surprise that a Championship team made a move for him late in the transfer window.

However, the Whites only offered £300,00 for a young striker with a prove goal record, and Barnsley had no intention to lose their key man for such a small fee.

Johnson has admitted that the bid was nowhere near acceptable, with even Winnall himself questioning how low the offer was. As a player you want to be respected, and Winnall clearly feels that Leeds were undervaluing his impressive talents.

The transfer window has now closed, with Winnall remaining at Barnsley, and Leeds lacking a striker to push them up the Championship table in the second half of the season.

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