“Tough for him,” says a BBC Radio host of his conversation with the 23-year-old following the hijacking of a Leeds move

Max Aarons rejected Leeds United last night with a deal close to completion, choosing to go to Bournemouth in the Premier League – and BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Chris Reeve has shared details of a chat he has had with Aarons.

The 23-year-old was expected to leave Norwich this summer, having entered the final 12 months of his contract at Norwich. It comes after making his debut for Norwich five years ago under Daniel Farke – since playing 213 games.

It was believed on Wednesday that Leeds would have Joe Rodon in on loan from Tottenham, and Aarons for a fee that might have reached £12m. But it emerged that Bournemouth had hijacked a move for the England U21 player.

Aarons has obviously come in for criticism for choosing Bournemouth over Leeds at the very last minute. Reeve said he has spoken to Aarons and underlined what a difficult decision this was, to turn down his ‘Father figure’ Farke.

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Presenter shares Max Aarons chat after rejecting Leeds for Bournemouth

It is a blow. Aarons would have been a wonderful signing and a long-term replacement for Luke Ayling. Clearly, he had to make a decision and has chosen to play Premier League football – though it was a hard one to reject Farke.

Instead, Leeds will be forced to rely upon Luke Ayling and Cody Drameh and the need to potentially sign a new right-back, or keep Jamie Shackleton. Aarons is a top, top talent and losing out on him when so close is a big blow.

Leeds have completed three signings so far in the form of Karl Darlow, Sam Byram and Ethan Ampadu. Joe Rodon is set to join on loan from Tottenham and more are expected – though it was believed Aarons would be joining us

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