Jerry Mbakogu reportedly nears new club after Leeds turned him down

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United reportedly turned down a £3.5m deal to bring Nigerian striker Jerry Mbakogu to the Championship in the summer transfer window.

Jerry Mbakogu of Carpi FC shows his dejection during the Serie A match between Carpi FC and Empoli FC at Alberto Braglia Stadium on April 25, 2016 in Modena, Italy.

Remember Jerry Mbakogu Leeds United fans? Of course they do.

The Nigerian striker was linked with a move to Elland Road for a number of months in 2018. In fact, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds had been negotiating a potential deal for the then-Carpi striker from January until late in the summer transfer window.

But after struggling with injuries in the second half of last season, it seemed that Leeds had been put off bringing Mbakogu to West Yorkshire. According to GazzaMercato, The Whites had the option to sign him for £3.5 million – but then decided not to.

 

Just a few weeks later, Mbakogu was surprisingly released by Carpi. And, at long last, it seems that he is closing in on a new club.

According to Tuttob, the 26-year-old could be on his way to Cosenza. Who, you ask?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Well, Cosenza are the team currently second bottom in Serie B with no wins in seven games following their promotion from the Italian third tier last season.

Surely, if Mbakogu was good enough to play for Leeds United he would not be on his way to Cosenza. Marcelo Bielsa can call upon Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts this season so Mbakogu seems like a bullet dodged.

Jerry Mbakogu of FC Carpi competes for the ball whit Simone Iacoponi of Parma Calcio during the Serie B match between Carpi FC and Parma Calcio at Stadio Sandro Cabassi on November 25,...

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