Leeds United: Whites move for Dutch ace Grot after Doukara was ‘let go’

Just arrived, Jay-Roy Grot.
Just arrived, Jay-Roy Grot.
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Leeds United will unveil Dutch forward Jay-Roy Grot as their latest signing today after clearing another striker from their squad by agreeing to terminate Souleymane Doukara’s contract.

Grot has finalised the terms of a deal at Elland Road and is poised to join Leeds in a £1.5m move from NEC Nijmegen after completing the final stages of a medical this morning.

On his way, Souleymane Doukara. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

On his way, Souleymane Doukara. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

The 19-year-old flew into England yesterday as Leeds were bringing an end to the United career of Doukara, releasing the Frenchman after three seasons at Elland Road and freeing him to join Turkish club Osmanlispor.

Doukara was under contract until next June but had failed to feature under head coach Thomas Christiansen this season and he reached an agreement to miss Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Newport County following several expressions of interest in his signature.

Osmanlispor have handed Doukara a two-year contract, calling time on Doukara’s spell at Leeds after 93 appearances and 18 goals.

The former Catania player – brought to England during the spate of signings made after Massimo Cellino’s takeover of Leeds in 2014 – never firmly established himself in United’s first team and was at the centre of controversy during his stay with the club.

He served an eight-match ban in 2016 after the Football Association found him guilty of biting defender Fernando Amorebieta during a league game against Fulham and was also accused, along with five other United players, of feigning injury having withdrawn from a trip to Charlton Athletic in April 2015.

His exit yesterday was finalised against the backdrop of an intense search for new strikers at Elland Road, prompted by Chris Wood’s £15m transfer to Burnley on Monday.

Leeds are chasing Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and saw a £6m offer knocked back earlier this week but their approach for Grot, a Holland Under-19 international, has led to a swift agreement.

Grot, who played 20 times for NEC last season and has made one appearance for the club in the Dutch top flight this term, flew to England yesterday to begin a medical and discuss personal terms.

Completion of the transfer today would put him in contention to make his a debut at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.