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Middlesbrough keen on permanent deal for Leeds’ Sam Greenwood, have option to buy

Leeds United forward Sam Greenwood – currently on loan at fellow Championship side Middlesbrough – could be set for a long-term Elland Road exit as the Teessiders are understood to be keen on signing the 21-year-old permanently.

Greenwood made the move to the Riverside during this summer’s transfer window when it became clear that he wouldn’t factor into current Whites manager Daniel Farke’s plans for the upcoming campaign, despite making 18 appearances for Leeds in the Premier League last term.

Since joining Boro on a season-long loan Greenwood has made six appearances for the North-Eastern club, four of which came from the bench. His first goal on Teesside came at the weekend in a heated derby contest against Sunderland which ended 4-0 to Middlesbrough, a situation tinged with irony considering that the Stadium of Light was where Greenwood began his footballing career.

Following on from the forward opening his account with his new club came the news that Michael Carrick’s side have an option to make Greenwood’s loan move permanent at the end of the season.

According to The Athletic the Teessiders can bring Greenwood to the Riverside full time for £1.5m after the conclusion of his loan spell, a fee which exactly matches the one that Leeds initially paid to bring the 21-year-old to West Yorkshire from Arsenal in the summer of 2020.

Were Greenwood to complete the permanent switch to Middlesbrough next summer, he would leave Elland Road having made 35 appearances across all competitions for the Whites, scoring once and providing four assists.

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