Leeds chairman Ken Bates berates ‘greedy agent’ for scuppering loan deal

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has claimed that the club has missed out on the capture of a striker this summer due to the greed of the players’ agent.

Bates claimed a ‘big name striker’ was on his way to Elland Road after agreeing terms with both the club and the player but his agent intervened and scuppered the deal.

The Leeds chairman spoke to Yorkshire Radio in regards to the situation: “We had a big striker to bring in for the Bradford game. His club agreed to let him join on loan until Christmas, the player said he wanted to come and then his agent got busy.

“He intervened and said no, what he wanted to do was to try and get his club to pay the player off, because he was in the last year of his contract and sign for us for a year. We said we’re signing him so he can play on Tuesday night and if he doesn’t turn up on Tuesday with his boots then he can forget it.”

The news comes as a particular blow to manager Simon Grayson who only had one fit striker to choose from in Tuesday’s League Cup victory over Bradford.

With Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma already being ruled out before the season began Billy Paynter picked up a thigh strain against Southampton on Saturday leaving Grayson with just Ross McCormack available to play.

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