Leeds United have been rebuffed in their efforts to sign Polish U19 international Kamil Jozwiak. Rumours had surfaced earlier in the week about Leeds being interested in the 19 year-old winger, and while Lech Poznan have confirmed the interest from Leeds, they are apparently holding firm and are not willing to sell him.
The Daily Mail quoted Lech Poznan president saying, “I can confirm that we got this offer (from Leeds), but I firmly believe that we are not interested in parting with Kamil in the winter.”
As we noted yesterday, Jozwiak is a signing for the future, as the 19 year-old has not been able to nail down a regular starting place in the Lech Poznan lineup. He is a promising youngster, with a number of matches played for the Poland U19 squad, but it is doubtful that he would be able to come into the Championship and make a difference this season.
Leeds have been active in their youth recruitment this season, as new Director of Football Victor Orta has been trying to restock the Academy and add new blood to the youth system at the club. Owner Andrea Radrizzani has been vocal on the efforts of the club to build up from the youth system, and the club made a number of signings of young talent from across Europe during the summer transfer window, such as the nicking of young Kun Temenuzhkov from Barcelona, who the Guardian ranked as one of the 60 best players born in the year 2000.
However, just because Lech Poznan have come out and said they have rejected the bid doesn’t mean that the deal is dead. Money usually talks in these kinds of deals, and while the discussed amount, £180,000 isn’t very much, Jozwiak is out of contract at the end of the year and Poznan could be forced to sell. Consider this to be the opening round of negotiations, as Leeds could easily come back with a figure that Lech Poznan would find acceptable, especially if the player refuses to sign a new contract. Anyway, here’s another name for the future, and if he does end up coming, he’ll probably play a bit role, rather than be the star that takes Leeds up.