Barry Fry confirms Leeds United have made no profit from Nicky Ajose's Charlton move

Nicky Ajose scores the second goal for Swindon

The Peterborough director of football is currently in talks with Swindon regarding Ajose's future.

Nicky Ajose scores the second goal for SwindonNicky Ajose scores the second goal for Swindon

Most of last season Leeds United fans were left wondering why the club decided to part company with striker Nicky Ajose.

A Dave Hockaday signing he struggled for regular first-team football at Elland Road. However, he was still young and had impressed out on loan at Crewe Alexandra, he was surely worth developing.

Barry Fry (L) - Peterborough United Director of Football with Chairman Darragh MacAnthonyBarry Fry (L) - Peterborough United Director of Football with Chairman Darragh MacAnthony

Instead he moved to Swindon Town last summer and went on to score 25 goals in 40 appearances for the League One side.

This week he finalised a move to relegated Charlton Athletic, for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £800,000.

So do Leeds get any of the money from this deal?

It seems that Swindon chairman Lee Power thought the club did have a sell-on clause to retrieve some money back from any Ajose deal. But according to Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry that is not the cash.

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony with Director of Football Barry Fry (L)Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony with Director of Football Barry Fry (L)

He is talking to Swindon regarding the sale of Harry Beautyman and is quoted by the Gazette and Herald as saying Swindon have all the money from the deal:

“I spoke to Lee Power about the situation over in Portugal a couple of weeks ago at the chairmen’s’ thing (Football League meeting). He’s got plenty of money, Lee. He’s done brilliant on Ajose and got £800,000.

“He thought he had a big sell-on but I found out from Leeds he hasn’t got the sell-on at all, so all that £800,000 is burning a hole in his pocket.

Former Leeds United manager Dave HockadayFormer Leeds United manager Dave Hockaday

“I’ve only asked him (Power) for a few bob of that and he’s reluctant to give me it so far but I believe the agents have spoken.”

Leeds of course terminated Ajose’s contract by mutual consent in September last year, as confirmed on the club’s official website, in doing so seemingly they had no position in which to insert any sell-on clause into his deal.

All in all the sale of Ajose to Charlton has not cast Leeds in a good light. With time, he may become a Championship striker and Leeds simply let him walk away for nothing.

He will now look to prove that was a bad decision with the Addicks.

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