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‘Downed tools’: BBC journalist says £21m Leeds player now really wants to leave

There’s been a mass exodus at Leeds United this summer, and it’s not over yet.

The Whites have lost so many of their key players this summer, and there could still be a few to go.

Wilfried Gnonto, as many of us know, has refused to play for Leeds as he pushes for an exit, and while it’s not as black and white as Gnonto’s situation, it sounds as though Luis Sinisterra has done similar.

Indeed, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live’s Football Daily Podcast, Adam Pope has shared what he knows about Sinisterra, and he claimed that the Colombian has somewhat downed tools as he looks for a move away from Elland Road.

Sinisterra has downed tools

Pope shared what he knows about the £21m winger.

“As for Sinisterra it is slightly different. There is a release clause in his contract. Apparently he has a knee issue, but it was inferred to us quite clearly at the weekend that he downed tools and didn’t want to be involved and didn’t want to exacerbate his knee injury because he wants out,” Pope said.

Bad to worse

All of a sudden, Leeds United are in a shocking position when it comes to the wide areas.

At the start of the summer, Leeds had the likes of Jack Harrison, Gnonto, Sinisterra and Crysencio Summerville all ready to fire the Whites to promotion with their trickery in wide areas.

Now, just a few weeks later, Leeds are genuinely looking at the possibility of having none of these players available to them come the end of the transfer window.

This is a situation that is going from bad to worse, and Leeds’ attack is, all of a sudden, looking very blunt to say the least.

In a related development:

Antonio, 33, has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Hammers. David Moyes is expected to bring in a new striker after selling Gianluca Scamacca to Atalanta – and he may have to sign two, Antonio is open to a move.

Indeed, he said as much in a recent episode on The Players Channel podcast. It comes after eight years, 277 games and a Europa Conference League trophy at West Ham. Football Transfers say Leeds and Celtic are interested in him.

This week, Rudy Galetti told GMS that Wolves are also exploring a move for Antonio. West Ham are said to rate the striker at a fee of £6m. But a move to Saudi Arabia is also on the cards too, with an offer now planted on the table.

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United - Premier League

The latest report from TMW claims that Antonio is the subject of a bid from a Saudi Arabian club. The name of the club is not revealed, but it isn’t one of the PIF’s big four – Al Ahli, Al Ittihad, Al Nassr or Al Hilal. A slightly lesser side.

The wages are certainly not small, though. TMW state that Antonio has been offered around £9.5m over the period of two seasons – which equates to around £90,000 a week. It is unclear if Antonio is keen on agreeing a Saudi move.

He certainly has interest in England and Scotland, too. But the chances are, Celtic, Wolves or Leeds are not going to be able to afford anything like the kind of wage Saudi clubs are offering. Antonio has a big decision to make.

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