Leeds United rejected chance to sign striker Bogle

Omar Bogle celebrates scoring against Norwich City. PIC: PA
Omar Bogle celebrates scoring against Norwich City. PIC: PA
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Leeds United turned down a late opportunity to sign prolific striker Omar Bogle, according to a member of Grimsby Town’s board.

Mariners director John Fenty told the Grimsby Telegraph that United rejected the chance to launch a late bid for Bogle after Wigan Athletic agreed a fee for the 24-year-old ahead of the January transfer deadline.

Bogle, who had scored 19 times for Grimsby this season, joined Wigan on a two-and-a-half year contract before the window closed and he marked his first start in the Championship with both goals in a 2-2 draw with Norwich City on Tuesday.

Leeds head coach Garry Monk was in the market for a new striker in January but his attempts to sign cover for Chris Wood drew a blank after West Ham United rejected his interest in taking Ashley Fletcher on loan.

Fenty said: “There was another club, which I now don’t mind revealing as Leeds United, who were tracking the interest in Omar and they had an opportunity at the last minute on deadline day to come in and pip what was being offered by Wigan. They weren’t prepared to do that.”

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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