There will be no fairytale return to Leeds United for Jonny Howson after he agreed to join Middlesbrough instead.
Some Leeds fans were hopeful that the midfielder would come back to Elland Road this summer, five years after leaving them.
However, he has instead decided to join fellow Championship club Middlesbrough from Norwich City.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) July 7, 2017
Howson is yet to complete the move as he needs to undergo a medical, but he is expected to become a Boro player in due course.
The fact that Leeds’ former manager Garry Monk is the man to sign him at Boro rubs salt into the wound for Leeds fans.
There is no indication, though, that the Whites were in the running for his signature, which according to the Daily Mail has cost Middlesbrough £6m.
As much as having Howson back would have been great, we've signed some great looking CMs this window. We'll be just fine. #LUFC
— Distractedsen Leeds (@DistractedLeeds) July 7, 2017
Why do all the Smoggy fans think they beat #lufc to Howson? I've seen nothing to say we were interested; and at £6mil they've been mugged
— Mark Meadows (@Weatherman1965) July 7, 2017
So if Monk would have stayed we might have had Howson back at ER… I'm fine I've just got something in my eye ffs #lufc
— Tom Raynor (@TOMLUFC1995) July 7, 2017
Can only wish Jonny Howson the best of luck really. Word is we were never interested, so no reason to moan at all. #LUFC
— Top Tipping (@TopTipping1) July 7, 2017
Howson gone from inbred capital of the south to inbred capital of the north 😂😂 #lufc
— Armo #NH69🇺🇸 (@Jordan_Armo) July 7, 2017
Howson to Boro. Monk has done that purely for revenge I reckon. All the 🐍must have got to him haha #lufc
— Lew Jay (@lewjaymusic) July 7, 2017
No offence to Johnny Howson, I like the lad. But I hope he has the worst and most miserable season of his life. #lufc
— Moaning On Together (@MoaningBrigade) July 7, 2017
— andrew rosindale (@andyGamingMad) July 7, 2017
Howson developed his game at the Leeds academy when he joined in 1997, and went on to make his first-team debut in 2006.
In total, the midfielder made 185 appearances for Leeds, scoring 23 goals.
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