Leeds United allegedly had the chance to sign Omar Bogle on deadline day.
Grimsby Town's majority shareholder John Fenty has told the Grimsby Telegraph that Leeds United could have beaten Wigan to Omar Bogle's signature on deadline day, but chose not to.
Bogle, 24, became a star with Grimsby following a 2015 move from Solihull Moors, smashing 38 goals in 83 games for the Mariners.
With 19 goals in 30 games in League Two this season, Bogle unsurprisingly attracted major interest, as his combination of power, pace, finishing ability with both feet and even his free kick taking caught the eye.
Omar Bogle celebrates with teammates after scoring for Grimsby
After speculation throughout the January transfer window, Bogle finally left Blundell Park on deadline day, penning a two-and-a-half-year deal with Wigan Athletic, with the Daily Mail reporting that the fee involved was somewhere between £1million and £1.5million.
Bogle has got his Latics career off to a stunning start, as after a 23 minute cameo against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening, he started against Norwich City on Tuesday night, and scored twice in a 2-2 draw.
Wigan Athletic's Omar Bogle celebrates scoring
Wigan will now hope that Bogle can kick on and score the goals to save them from relegation back to League One, but it seems that the striker could have been playing elsewhere.
Grimsby Town's majority shareholder and de-facto chairman John Fenty has revealed to the Grimbsy Telegraph that Leeds United were very interested in Bogle, but chose not to pip Wigan to his signature on deadline day.
“We thought it was a no-brainer to bring Omar into the club back in 2015 and give him the chance to step-up from the National League North,” said Fenty. “The football club and the board of directors always saw serious, serious potential in him.”
“There was another club, which I now don't mind revealing as Leeds United, who were tracking the interest in Omar and they had an opportunity, at the last minute on deadline day, to come in and pip what was being offered by Wigan.”
“They weren't prepared to do that and so that gives me the feeling that the deal we settled on with Wigan was of a good – and fair – value for a player of Omar's calibre and future potential,” he added.
Leeds may have been in the market for a striker to support Chris Wood, but they chose to bring in two wingers instead in Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow – and only time will tell whether they made a mistake not signing Bogle, but his start to life in the Championship has been impressive.
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