It looks like Caleb Ekuban's Leeds United career is done.
The Italy-born striker in on loan at Trabzonspor from Leeds after being deemed surplus to requirements last summer.
Ekuban has impressed in Turkey's top flight and his agent confirmed to Tuttomercatoweb on Monday that Trabzonspor will take up their option to sign him on a permanent basis.
The 25-year-old moved to Elland Road in the summer of 2017 but despite a disappointing first season on the goal front, Ekuban, who netted twice in 21 outings, did win some fans due to his attitude and work ethic on the field.
Here is how some Leeds supporters reacted to the development:
I will miss him. Think he has a great future.— Lufc (@leedsufc61) April 15, 2019
Seemed nice, though.— Kestrel (@BremnersLaces) April 15, 2019
Think there’s a player in there. Not necessarily for us, but I think he’ll have a storming season out of nowhere at some point and smash it— Mateusz (@mathautomatic) April 15, 2019
Not good enough for us sadly. Hope he does will in the future though. Hes a good kid.— Tony LUFC (@Tonylufc28) April 15, 2019
Any chance of him playing for Leeds again? Always rated him but he couldn’t find the back of the net. Could of been deadly in front of goal under bielsa— Chad Sullivan (@ChadSullivan_) April 15, 2019
Aye, good luck to him. Put the graft in but the Championship was just a step too far.— Mike (@yonyteboah) April 15, 2019
good for him, good for us.— fj (@phalarisct) April 16, 2019
He played another match yesterday without a goal so is on a par with Barndoor Billy Im afraid. Welcome to him which is a shame because he really looked the part and moved well but ...— Doc (@333doc1) April 15, 2019
Ekuban has only managed five goals in 23 games for the Turkish giants this season, though he hasn't been operating as a traditional number nine.
He also seems a popular figure among Trabzonspor fans, so many of those will be delighted to see him there next season and potentially beyond.
Fotomac reported in February that Leeds will only get around €1 million - or £865,000 - for him.
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