Manchester United tried and failed to sign French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin before he joined the English Championship outfit Leeds United.
His transfer from German Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig to Leeds United was confirmed on Monday as manager Marcelo Bielsa tries to strengthen his squad in the battle to gain promotion to the Premier League.
Jean-Kevin Augustin has joined Leeds United on loan for the rest of the season and the club will sign him permanently for around £12.8m if the former Champions League semifinalists secure promotion into the top flight of English football.
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Respected British journalist David Ornstein confirmed that Manchester United tried to hijack the move before the player signed for Leeds United.
According to him, the deal was so close for the Red Devils to snatch him under the noses of Leeds United.
Manchester United are finding it difficult to sign players in this window despite the fact that they need to sign players to boost a depleted squad due to injuries to key players.
The Red Devils are without the trio of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay who would all be in the starting XI if they are fit.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes is a major transfer target.