Owner claims Leeds signed £2.5m man after learning cost of star who came to haunt Whites

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United were one of the clubs credited with an interest in the Derby County striker Jack Marriott last year.

Jack Marriott of Derby County scores his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May...

Leeds United turned to Tyler Roberts after hearing Peterborough's Jack Marriott valuation, according to the Derby County striker's former owner.

Leeds were strongly linked with a move for Marriott in the months leading up to his summer 2018 switch to Derby, which Derbyshire Live claims could cost the Rams £5 million.


But the Whites' interest ended after Roberts arrived in January of that year, according to the Peterborough chief Darragh MacAnthony.

Asked on Twitter to clear up Leeds' pursuit of Marriott, who hails from East Yorkshire, MacAnthony replied:

The Birmingham Mail claims Leeds paid West Brom around £2.5m for Roberts, who has scored or made 10 goals in 40 games for the Whites.

Marriott has fared slightly better for Derby, boasting a combined tally of 22 in 62, and found the net twice against Leeds in last season's play-off semi-final second leg at Elland Road.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts reacts after a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on April 13, 2019 in Leeds,...

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