Leeds United are in advanced negotiations with Wigan Athletic over a £1 million deal for teenage striker Joe Gelhardt, and the youngster could seal a move to Elland Road in the coming days. Going into administration has dealt a massive blow on the Latics, and they are being forced to sell players as they look to generate funds to pay wages owed to the first-team squad for July. It has given Leeds the chance to land Gelhardt, who was earlier valued £5 million on a cheap, and that hasn’t sit down well with Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony.
The chairman of the League One side reacted thus to the news a few days ago:
This justifies my advocation for an EFL ‘Football Person’ to be placed at clubs in admin so that assets aren’t snapped up for below market value. This kid is worth more imo & fair play to Leeds getting this deal. But to cheap imo if true. Another easy issue to fix quickly imo. https://t.co/WsYGsf0q3H
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) July 31, 2020
Leeds fans are particularly pleased with his comments but he has taken to Twitter again to further clear things up:
Absolutely no way should Leeds pay over odds & absolutely superb business. Wasn’t my point. Some Leeds fans took it as a dig. It wasnt. It was a point I was making about clubs in admin needing diff solution from EFL. If posh were in prem, we’d have done the same. Truth! https://t.co/4Vk7JLzad6
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) August 2, 2020