Eye-catching details emerge about how Leeds beat Man Utd to Augustin

Jonny Whitfield
Jean-Kevin Augustin

Further details have been revealed about how Leeds United secured the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin ahead of Manchester United.

The Whites announced the capture of the highly-rated French striker from RB Leipzig on Monday, on a loan deal with the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season, despite interest from several top clubs.

But previous reports have outlined how United failed in attempted to hijack the bid at the last minute.

Additionally, Phil Hay of The Athletic has now reported that Sol Bamba, who shares the same agent as Augustin, persuaded the 22-year-old to join Leeds.

Hay spoke to former Whites defender Sol Bamba about Augustin and the loan deal that saw him move to the Yorkshire club.

Talking about United’s rumoured interest, Bamba said: “My agent said Manchester United were phoning, trying to get something done, but his [Augustin’s] mind was made up.

“There’d been some talk about Crystal Palace too but on Sunday, what was coming from Manchester United was serious.

“They wanted him and I wondered what might happen but my agent just said, ‘He’s going to Leeds.’ They weren’t interested. There weren’t any second thoughts.”

When asked about whether he had an influence on the Augustin transfer, Bamba said he told him “everything he needed to know.”

 

The 35-year-old also insisted that the Leipzig loanee will have great success at Elland Road.

He said: “I know this boy and he should thrive at Leeds, he’s got the shoulders for it, don’t worry about that.”

The 22-year-old, who was pulled from a loan with Monaco before moving to West Yorkshire, featured 13 times in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring one and assisting two others.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa spoke at length for the first time about Augustin in his latest press conference on Thursday.

The manager admitted he was unsure whether the striker would immediately enter the fray for the Whites, saying: “It’s too soon to evaluate that.

“Also it’s natural the process of adaptation of one player is not going to be short. For our last experience we had, always it’s a process that lasts more than one month.”

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