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LUFC Bates - Greedy agent scuppers loan deal

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says the club missed out on adding a new striker to the squad until January because of the greed of the players agent.

Bates speaking on Yorkshire Radio explained the situation whilst refusing to name the player in question, "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 no, we have done a deal with his club to loan the player until January and the player wanted to do it. His agent got greedy trying to get a pay off for his player, but we were only interested in signing him if he could play on Tuesday night and if he didn`t turn up on Tuesday with his boots he can forget it. Because of the agent`s greed the player did not come. We are not prepared to be blackmailed by some 'poxy` agent."

Leeds have just one fit first team striker at the club at the moment in Ross McCormack. Billy Paynter, Davide Somma and Luciano Becchio were all missing for the game with Bradford on Tuesday night with Leeds boss Simon Grayson naming just six substitutes, all-defensive.
Mike Grella is still at the club after being placed on the transfer list at the end of the season. The American has scored three times in two games in pre season but still was not part of the squad.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 10 2011

Time: 1:39PM

Your Comments

Lots of Agents are only interested in quick big bucks for themselves, its high time players took responsibility for themselves, Agents should be salaried rather than % and kick backs, Clubs should refuse to pay any agents, if a player wants to then so be it.
adriantag
Spot on about the agent scum Ken. Problem for us fans though is that succesful clubs have owners who can afford to pay up for the players they want. And do so whether they they agree or not. You are not rich enough to be the owner of a succesful 21st century football club so do us a favour and sell to someone who is as soon as possible. Your one chairman stand against the agent rouges is very commendable but please do it with another football club.
Jed Shed
This is probably lies to cover the fact that nobody has/wants to come in. if the player is nameless he is probably fictional, just to try get the fans on his side...
grahamleeds
 

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