25 years old Jerry Mbakogu was formally declared an Italian citizen last week, resolving work permit issues in England and allowing Leeds to push ahead with a plan to bring him to the Championship.
Jerry moved to Italy at a tender age and has never played for Nigeria. Jerry would not have qualified for a Football Association work permit without an EU passport but confirmation of his new status arrived a matter of weeks before the start of the summer transfer window which makes him eligible to move.
Leeds have been tracking Jerry since January when talks with Serie B club Carpi were first initiated. United, who have first refusal on the forward, delayed any deal until the summer due to the uncertainty over his citizenship and Carpi’s wish to retain him until the end of the season.
Jerry’s finishing has been far from prolific this season, with 22 league appearances yielding six goals, but Leeds remain tempted to take a chance on a player who is valued in the region of £4m.