Darren Bent has asked Leeds United to achieve financial success in order not to commit Jean-Kevin Augustin after "terrible business" brought him to the club.
The former striker from Derby County and England speaks exclusively Football insider Deputy editor Russell Edge believes the whites would save money by accepting a penalty fee and not turning his over Loan move into a full transfer.
As revealed by Football insider Earlier this week, Leeds could be forced to pay RB Leipzig a substantial fine to get out of the £ 18m mandatory purchase agreed in January.
Bent says paying not to take the French to Elland Road could be the best course of action for Leeds and that it would save them money in the long run.
"It was a terrible business because he barely played a minute" Bent said Football insider.
"Leeds is probably best off paying the penalty bonus and getting out because it will cost them – it will be a lot cheaper in the long run than keeping it."
"I would do that – he doesn't show much, he didn't put anything on the table, he doesn't help them cross the line, so I would definitely pay the penalty for myself and get out of this deal."
Augustin managed to play in three substitute games for Leeds only 48 minutes after he was loaned out of Leipzig in January.
Patrick Bamford was Marcelo Bielsa's first choice striker all season, keeping Eddie Nketiah and Augustin aside.
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