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Leeds and Middlesbrough’s failed pursuit of 23-goal man revealed

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Leeds United were one of several clubs to miss out on Leyton Orient’s Macauley Bonne after the striker opted to join newly-promoted Championship side Charlton.

The Addicks confirmed the arrival of Bonne on their official site this afternoon, with the 23-year-old signing a three-year deal at The Valley for a fee believed to be in the region of just £200,000.

That’s after Bonne signed a contract with the O’s last year that included a release clause which the Londoners agreed to pay.

With the striker having scored 23 goals to fire Orient back to the Football League last season, bringing the player in for such a modest fee will be considered a coup for Lee Bowyer’s side.

And, Sun reporter Phil Cadden has revealed that the Londoners saw off a host of Championship clubs to seal the deal, including three promotion chasing sides.

Bonne confirmed at Charlton. Told there was interest from fellow Championship sides Huddersfield, Leeds and Middlesbrough.”

All three clubs are on the lookout for options in the final third ahead of the new season.

The Verdict

Everyone connected to Charlton deserves huge credit for pulling this deal off when you look at the calibre of clubs they were competing with.

Plus, Bonne does too as he has clearly gone to the place where he feels he will play regularly instead of sitting on the bench.

This update highlights what a signing this is and it will be good to see how the striker handles the big step up to the Championship.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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