No reunion between Doyle and BMac at Leeds

June 21st. Doyle not coming to Leeds Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has ruled out a summer move to Leeds and a reunion with former Reading boss Brian McDermott. The Republic of Ireland international, 29, who left Reading for Wolves in a £6.5million deal in June 2009, has been linked with a move away from Wolves following their relegation to League One, with McDermott’s Leeds a reported destination. But Doyle told Irish Radio: “I was with Brian at a wedding at the weekend and we had a bit of fun together. “He signed me at Reading when he was chief scout, but no I won’t be signing for Leeds.” Doyle scored 10 goals in 44 appearances for Wolves last season, while McDermott has also been linked with another striker he worked with at Reading, fellow Irishman Noel Hunt. Leeds signed 6ft 6in forward Matt Smith from Oldham earlier this month. This is one I’m not sorry about.

June 20th. Players want to sign – I just need the go ahead”. – McDermott. Leeds United boss Brian McDermott says the summer transfer targets are in place and want to sign for the club; he just needs the go ahead from the owners and the chief executive. McDermott told Yorkshire Radio that he is having a meeting this evening with chief executive Shaun Harvey and one of the club owners and he is looking for clarification to get the deals done. Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, McDermott said, “I have a meeting tonight with Shaun Harvey and one of the owners and I need the clarification on where we are at because that is really important. “The targets are in place and I know the players that we are trying to get want to come to the club, it is just a matter of doing the deals now. “I need to get clarification that the deals can be done and we want to do them.” So far this summer, McDermott has signed League One striker Matt Smith from Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. McDermott continues to be strongly linked with a number of his former players at Reading with Matt Mills, Stephen Hunt, Noel Hunt and Kevin Doyle all on his wish list. The squad are due to return for pre-season training next Thursday, June 27th, and McDermott admitted at the start of the summer that he was hoping to have most of his deals done by the time he returned.

June 10th. Leeds United sign Oldham striker Matt Smith. Leeds United have signed Oldham striker Matt Smith on a two-year deal. The 24-year-old, who scored in the FA Cup against Liverpool and Everton last MattSmithshirtseason, was a free agent after turning down a new contract with the Latics. Brian McDemott : “”We feel we’ve signed a player with potential who is ready to play in this league now. We’re delighted he’s chosen us”  Smith scored 14 goals in 75 games for the League One club after joining them from Solihull Moors in May 2011. The University of Manchester graduate is Leeds boss Brian McDermott’s first signing since taking over at Elland Road in April. McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds: “He’s a player that I’ve known for a while and I like his background. He’s come a long way in a short period of time. “I think he’ll give us something different. I saw him against Liverpool and Everton and he caused them both real problems. “We feel we’ve signed a player with potential who is ready to play in this league now. We’re delighted he’s chosen us.” Smith tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to sign for Leeds United. Very proud moment for me and really looking forward”.


Sean Cunningham with The Lash Lorimer (who seems to have developed amnesia from his time with Ken bates over the past eight years) at The Oval four seasons ago

June 6th. Quality, not speed  in transfer dealings what’s important – The Lash Lorimer YEP  It’s June already and pre-season starts in just over three weeks’ time. If there’s one thing that never fails to surprise me it’s the speed at which the summer passes. I can tell that everyone’s waiting with anticipation for Leeds United’s first signings to materialise and I’m no different. This is the stage where you want to see pieces of the jigsaw falling into place. But it’s also a time of year when a bit of patience is called for. From the outside, May looked like a very quiet month at Elland Road. We’ve seen no signings to date and, perhaps more surprisingly, little in the way of rumours. The second part is a good thing. Leeds are a club who try to do their business discreetly and quietly and that’s the best way to operate with the transfer market the way it is. There’s a premium of talent on offer to Championship sides and it goes without saying that a lot of managers are looking at the same group of players. Every summer the fight for signatures seems to get more intense. Talented lads at this level – especially those who are out of contract or into the later stages of them – can expect to receive quite a few offers and it’s no longer the done thing to jump on the first available move. Look across the English leagues as a whole and you won’t see a massive amount of business going on at the moment. The danger with leaking details of your targets is that other clubs take it as their cue to up the ante and push for a deal themselves. I don’t think it does anyone any favours to have transfers playing out in the media long before they’ve happened. But I strongly suspect that the work at Elland Road is well in hand – and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Brian McDermott has a few ‘gentleman’s agreements’ in place with certain players. What you have to remember is that anyone whose contract ends this summer is still tied down until June 30. Technically speaking, a free transfer elsewhere can’t be completed until the first day of July. It might be that agreements are virtually in place to bring new faces to Leeds then but many managers have found in the past that a deal’s never done until all of the dotted lines have been inked. While I’m quite comfortable with the situation, I would hope to see additions made before the start of pre-season training. Managers can’t ever hope to have their squad completed and in place before the end of June but there’s not much doubt that it helps to bring everyone together at the earliest opportunity. All of us welcomed Brian’s appointment in April and it must have helped him no end to have a month in the job before the season finished. I liked his style of football and you can tell that watching his sides will be different to watching Neil Warnock’s. But the focus switches to next season now and Brian will need pre-season to get his tactics in place, to get the squad fully fit and to decide how the spine of the team will look. Every year it’s a vital period. Neil Warnock was hampered last summer by the pressure of pulling things together at late notice and I’m sure the club will want to avoid a repeat of that scenario. But in fairness, some transfers can only go through in their own time. Some clubs won’t sell before they’ve bought and players with a lot of interest in them aren’t really under pressure to get a shift on. As I see it, Leeds generally have an advantage in the sense that we’re a club who people want to play for. In part that’s because of the history, the stadium, the training ground and so on but it’s also because players know that if we get on a roll, Elland Road’s an exciting place to be. That’s a great selling point and I’ve no doubt that Brian will be using it to his advantage. The good thing about him is that he had a clear view from the outset of who he wanted and what he expected to do. Getting it right is more important than getting it done quickly.