As we start to look towards the January window, Leeds don’t have a great deal in their current squad that needs drastic improvement with arrivals.
Joe Rodon’s loan deal becoming permanent is something that virtually every Leeds fan is hoping happens in 2024, whether it’s January or the end of the season.
Rodon-Gnonto swap deal with Spurs?
A comment piece from the Express suggested that Tottenham use Rodon’s impressive loan at Leeds as a way to negotiate a swap deal with Leeds to see the Welshman join permanently, while Willy Gnonto heads the other way to North London.
Gnonto has been in and out of the lineup so far under Daniel Farke for two reasons, his refusal to play back in August which has been ironed out, and his ankle injury that he suffered back in October against Hull City.
The above piece relays claims that Spurs could be keen on signing the 20-year-old Italy international in the new year, while it’s very clear that Leeds would like to keep Rodon full-time.
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Waste of money for Leeds
If you’re looking at this from a Spurs perspective, which the Express article is, then it would be incredible business from them to bring Gnonto to Tottenham while only parting with Rodon – who is surplus to requirements anyway.
However, it’s great business from them because it would be horrendous business from Leeds’ point of view.
That’s not because Rodon isn’t a great player, as he quite clearly is one of our best this season, but it’s due to the fact that the two players aren’t worth nearly similar in terms of transfer valuations.
Gnonto was subject to near-£30million interest in August while refusing to play, which didn’t even convince Leeds to pick up the phone. Meanwhile, Leeds were told that £15million would do the trick to sign Rodon permanently, and has since seen the two remaining years on his contract shrink towards 18 months in January.
Leeds will push to sign Rodon permanently in the summer for a reduced fee you’d imagine, but swapping him for Gnonto is like essentially agreeing to pay £30million-plus, given what the forward is actually worth to us.