Leeds United’s Lewie Coyle has made a permanent move to League One promotion hopefuls Fleetwood Town today, as reported by their official site.
Leeds had previously put a price of £500,000 on the right back’s head, but he moves for an undisclosed fee to The Highbury Stadium to help Joey Barton’s side in their quest for a spot in the Championship.
His contract with the Whites was running out in the summer and despite alleged interest from Sunderland, he opted to move to the club he spent the last two season on loan with.
The 24-year-old came through the Leeds Academy, breaking into the first team in 2015. In total, he went on to make 23 appearances for the club, with his last coming on the final day of the 2016/17 season against Wigan Athletic.
He was once involved in a tapping-up scandal when it was reported Chelsea offered his Dad significant sums of money to tempt him to Stamford Bridge, although he remained at Elland Road.
Leeds fans were quick to wish him well in the next stage of his journey, although some felt selling off a young player, albeit one with little exposure to the first team, is not a good idea.
We better replace him 😠
— Adam (@Adam41018142) January 10, 2020
Potless chancer Raderzani selling our young talents once again. We’ll never learn.
— 💛⚽️💙 Craig MOT 1919 💛⚽️💙 (@1919CraigMOT) January 10, 2020
Best thing for him, couldn’t get gametime here and been decent at Lower leagues
— Leeds Media 💙💛 (@media_leeds) January 10, 2020
Congratulations Lew. Top pro, top lad, shame it didn’t work out here. All the best
— Matt Reynolds (@GoTkunt) January 10, 2020
Not even going to read the avalanche of off-tangent replies. Suffice to say, every reply should be along the lines of “Good Luck Lewie!”
— HungryDuck 💙💛🇬🇧🏴 (@LUFCPATRIOT69) January 10, 2020
He must have had over 100 appearances for the same club (that's not Leeds) while on Leeds' books. Surely a record for LUFC? @lufcsz
— Henry Nelson (@dobrownelson) January 10, 2020
That's at least half a mill in the transfer/loans kitty then. Sunderland were quoted that figure for him, so reasonable to assume we got that.
— Bielsa Bubb 💙💛 (@bellhouse_mike) January 10, 2020