Report: Leeds pursuit of 25-year-old takes surprise new twist, as 49ers table initial £6.8m bid

Belgian outlet HLN (28/08, 8.16AM) claim that Joseph Paintsil has told current club KRC Genk he has no interest in leaving the Jupiler League giants – despite reports of an £8.5m bid from Leeds this summer.

Paintsil, 25, starred for Genk last season. The Ghana winger clocked up a huge 32 goals and assists during 22-23. Clubs have been circling and Leeds last week, tabled a bid to land the speedy wide man.


While Genk did not accept the initial £6.8m with £1.7m in add-ons, they returned with a counter-offer. It is unclear what Leeds did with said counter offer – but now, it appears a new twist in the tail for Paintsil.

It was previously believed that personal terms would not be an issue for Paintsil – who has also been the subject of interest from Saudi Pro League sides. However, the new report states the exact opposite.

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Indeed, it is claimed that Paintsil has informed his current club – where he has a deal until June 2026 – that he does not want to leave, whether that be a move to Leeds, or any interested party, this week.

Paintsil has no interest in leaving despite £8.5m Leeds bid
A surprise, but perhaps an update that should not have been a shock. It comes as a surprise given initial reports suggested Paintsil would be keen on a move. But, Genk are fighting for a Belgian league title.


They have the potential to be invovled in the Europa Conference League groups – if they can get past the play-offs, leading 2-1 against Adana Demirspor from the first leg. Genk might seem more attractive.

Another point to make is, do Leeds need a winger? Dan James, Cree Summerville, Willy Gnonto, Luis Sinisterra and Ian Poveda all remain at the club. If one goes, perhaps. But it is not a priority right now.

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