Leeds contemplate next move as Genk reject €10m Joseph Paintsil bid
The Belgian giants have made a counteroffer demanding more for a player they hold in high regard.
Leeds United’s attempt to secure the services of Ghanaian international Joseph Paintsil has hit a stumbling block as KRC Genk turned down their €10 million offer.
The Belgian Pro League outfit, holding the 25-year-old forward in higher regard, responded with a counterproposal that surpasses Leeds’ initial bid of €8 million with an additional €2 million in potential add-ons [equivalent to £6.86 million plus £1.71 million].
Sources indicate that Leeds’ negotiations with Genk had progressed significantly, but tensions have risen due to what is perceived as altering terms by the Belgian club.
Sky Sports correspondent Dharmesh Sheth reported Leeds United’s dissatisfaction with Genk’s conduct, suggesting that the club feels the goalposts have been shifted after substantial discussions.
Leeds United now face a decisive juncture, deliberating whether to persist in its pursuit of bringing Paintsil to Elland Road or consider alternative options.
Joseph Paintsil is said to be open to a move to Leeds United as he has declined to be involved in a swap deal that could have seen him join fellow English Championship side Southampton FC.