Leeds United, the English Championship club, is poised to rekindle their interest in Nigerian striker Jerry Mbakogu with a £3.5m bid at the conclusion of the season, as reported by the Daily Mail. The Italian Serie B player, currently with Carpi, was on the verge of making a move to Leeds in January, but the proposed deal encountered obstacles, leading to its collapse.
Mbakogu, a pivotal figure for Carpi, has notched six goals in 19 Serie B appearances during the current season, contributing significantly to his team’s pursuit of a promotional play-off spot. However, Carpi, currently positioned ninth in the Serie B standings with 36 points from 24 games, was reluctant to part ways with the striker, leading to the breakdown of negotiations in January.
The Daily Mail suggests that the 25-year-old Nigerian has taken proactive measures to facilitate a smooth transfer to Leeds during the summer. Mbakogu has reportedly applied for a dual Italian passport, a strategic move to circumvent potential work permit delays.
As of now, Jerry Mbakogu remains uncapped for the Super Eagles, but his prowess in Serie B has caught the attention of Leeds United, who seem determined to secure his services in the upcoming transfer window. The £3.5m bid represents Leeds’ renewed commitment to acquiring the Nigerian striker, anticipating a positive resolution at the end of the season.