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Two of United’s prized jewels model the home and away strips for season 2015/16

July 29th. New yellow away strip launched Leeds have gone back to basics to compliment their new white home  strip with a basic yellow shirt as their new away strip. There will be no third away strip this season.

July 25th Rosler’s reaction Uwe Rosler was full of praise for United’s display despite seeing his side suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon in Norway. United had fallen behind after just two minutes in Lillestrom, with Mark Uth’s unstoppable effort leaving those inside the Arasen Stadion stunned as it sailed into the top corner. But Rosler’s men responded well and pulled level on 25 minutes courtesy of Tom Adeyemi’s first goal in Leeds colours. Second-half substitute Steven Zuber managed to clinch the victory for Hoffenheim, converting a cross from close-range, but Rosler still drew plenty of positives from the pre-season tour’s closing game. I thought the first 45 minutes were excellent,” he said. We camped in their half – against tough opposition from the Bundesliga. “We looked very strong physically and sharp. We pressed them high and they didn’t come out of their half.”We looked dangerous from set-pieces and we looked dangerous from open play. We had lots of chances – I’m very happy. “I praised the players a lot at half-time – probably a little bit too much – due to the fact that we were at the end of a hard week. “We couldn’t have kept that level up in the second half but we still had two or three very good chances. “It was just a couple of square passes where there would have been a tap-in – there was one for Souleymane and one for Morro. Mirco had a good chance too. “We should have got a draw – I think a draw would have been a fair result considering both halves.”Lewis Cook was forced off through injury after just 15 minutes of the game in Norway, but Rosler confirmed that removing him was purely precautionary. “He is fine,” the head coach said. “He got a kick on his toe and we took him off – it was just a precaution. “We didn’t want to risk anything two weeks before the season starts. Kal came on and was terrific in the first half.”

Leeds 1 (Adeyemi 25), HOFFENHEIM 2 (Uth 2, Zuber 67)

United team: Silvestri, Berardi, Bamba, Bellusci, Taylor (Cooper 65), Adeyemi (Sloth 84), Cook (Phillips 15), Mowatt (Walters 85), Byram (Erwin 80), Doukara (Antenucci 61), Wood (Morison 80). Subs. Turnbull, Coyle, Wootton, Horton. Hoffenheim team: Baumann, Schar, Schmid, Strobl, Toljan, Schwegler, Uth, Kim, Sule, Ochs, Volland. Subs. Grahl, Rudy, Zuber, Amiri, Elyounoussi, Rapp, Szalai, Mees, Gimber, Promel, Joelinton, Schindler, Kapp. Booked: Phillips, Bamba, Cooper (United) Att: 2,824

Just under 3,000 United supporters descended on Lillestrom SK’s Arasen Stadion in Norway for the final friendly of the pre-season tour – a meeting with highly-rated Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim. Uwe Rosler had anticipated a “top drawer” test ahead of kick-off, and that looked to be the case within just two minutes of the game getting underway as Hoffenheim took an early lead, Mark Uth unleashing an unstoppable strike into Marco Silvestri’s top corner. United looked to respond, with Chris Wood glancing Alex Mowatt’s whipped free-kick just wide of the far post but some stern defending was required at the opposite end as Sol Bamba was well-placed to block a corner on the line.

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Team travelling to Norway

The 15th minute of the game brought a worrying sight for United supporters as Lewis Cook was forced off after picking up a knock during the early stages. Uth almost added a second spectacular goal to his name with a curling effort which clipped the top of Silvestri’s crossbar, while Kalvin Phillips – Cook’s replacement in midfield – carved out United’s best opening with a free-kick that was headed inches wide of the post by Souleymane Doukara. Rosler’s men did manage to pull level on 25 minutes following a well-worked corner routine. Mowatt’s floated deliver was nodded back across goal by the towering Sam Byram, finding Doukara to flick into the path of Tom Adeyemi to sweep home his first goal in United colours from six yards out. United were visibly growing in confidence as the game progressed and Byram could only loft a volley onto the roof of Baumann’s net after a bursting run and back-post cross from Charlie Taylor had picked him out arriving inside the area. The scoreline remained even going into half-time and only the heroics of Silvestri ensured it remained that way in the opening stages of the second period, as the United goalkeeper denied substitute Tarik Elyounoussi with a strong stop one-on-one. The Italian then needed to be alert to beat away Jonathan Schmid’s goal-bound free-kick with two hands, but there was little he could do to prevent Hoffenheim from re-taking the lead on 67 minutes as substitute Steven Zuber turned home a low cross from close-range. A raft of second-half changes from both sides slowed the pace of the game somewhat, but United had fresh legs in their new three-pronged attack of Mirco Antenucci, Steve Morison and Lee Erwin. Lewis Walters was also introduced in the closing stages as United pushed for a late equaliser, but there proved to be no way through in the penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer.

July 26th Sharp joins Blades Billy Sharp last night completed his move to Sheffield United, joining the Blades on a two-year deal. The striker quit Leeds United for an undisclosed fee, ending his time at Elland Road after only one season. Sharp passed a medical and agreed personal terms yesterday following a week of advanced negotiations between Leeds and Sheffield United. The transfer had been on the cards for some time and a deal between the two clubs moved towards completion on Wednesday afternoon. Sharp returned home from Leeds’ pre-season tour of Austria and Norway the following morning to open talks with Sheffield United. The move was sealed late last night. The 29-year-old – signed by Leeds from Southampton for a cost of £600,000 last summer – failed to make a serious impact at Elland Road and was down the order of current head coach Uwe Rosler. He made 35 appearances for United but scored only five goals, his last in a 2-1 win at home to Ipswich Town in March. Sharp said: It goes without saying a massive thank you to the Leeds fans who believed and supported me whenever I pulled on the famous white shirt “Sadly things haven’t gone how I would have liked. I always wanted to play for Leeds and will have fond memories of my short time there.”

Tuesday 21st of July Leeds 1 (Morison 26), Eintracht Frankfurt 2 (Flum 59, Reinartz 74)  United team: Silvestri (Turnbull 77), Wootton, Cooper, Bamba (Bellusci 77), Berardi, Bianchi (Adeyemi 56), Cook (Phillips 71), Mowatt (Taylor 63), Byram (Erwin 77), Sloth (Antenucci 56), Morison (Doukara 71). Subs. Coyle, Walters, Horton.

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Cook v Frankfurt

Frankfurt team: Lindner, Oczipka, Reinartz, Inui, Seferovic, Aigner, Flum, Abraham, Hasebe, Stendera, Castaignos. Subs. Balayev, Becker, Kadlec, Djakpa, Waldschmidt, Medojevic, Ignovski, Kinsombi, Gerezgiher, Bunjaki. After touching base in Austria on Saturday afternoon, United’s pre-season tour kicked-off with a friendly against Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the intimate surroundings of Eugendorf’s Sportzentrum. It was the Germans who began the brightest in front of a partisan United following, with Marco Silvestri sprawling low to his left to hold Tokashi Inui’s effort, while Hans Seferovic skied a back-post volley into the fields behind the goal. Silvestri then denied Stefan Aigner with his legs after the striker was found lurking inside the area, before the closest attempt of the opening exchanges saw Inui ping the crossbar after cutting inside from the left. But – somewhat against the run of play – it was United who opened the scoring on 26 minutes following a swift break up-field. Sam Byram strode down the right and delivered a low cross into the area, where Steve Morison muscled his way onton the ball before firing emphatically beyond Heinz Lindner. Frankfurt looked to respond but they found the United defence in inspired form as Inui’s strike was pushed away by Silvestri before Seferovic saw the rebound blocked on the line by the sliding Liam Cooper from point-blank range. The striker then clipped the post with his third attempt as manager Armin Veh looked on in bemusement. It was United who were ending the half the strongest of the two sides, and Byram continued to cause problems down Frankfurt’s left with his energetic bursts into space. Sights of goal remained scarce, though, and Uwe Rosler’s men took their 1-0 lead into the break. United returned for the second period unchanged but Casper Sloth was being utilised in a more central role behind Morison as Alex Mowatt switched out to the left. Frankfurt could have equalised within just four minutes of the restart as Seferovic rounded Silvestri after being slotted through on goal, only to see his effort hit the side-netting from a tight angle. At the opposite end, Lewis Cook was smothered by Lindner’s low save after being played in by Byram, before Rosler made his first changes of the evening, introducing Tom Adeyemi and Mirco Antenucci in place of Tommaso Bianchi and Sloth respectively. Frankfurt managed to pull themselves level on 59 minutes through Johannes Flum, meeting Stefan Aigner’s header across goal with an outstretched leg to guide the ball beyond Silvestri at the back post. And their second goal came 15 minutes later as the Bundesliga side went ahead somewhat fortuitously. A goalmouth scramble saw Cooper block Stefan Reinartz’s attempt on the line, before the Frankfurt midfielder was able to scramble in the rebound via the back of the unassuming Scott Wootton. Uwe Rosler said: “I think the players were terrific. We got exactly what we hoped for – we played against a team with very good ball possession. “We worked very hard against them and we worked extremely well in the shape. The longer the game went on, we adapted to their quality a little bit better. “We kept the ball and scored the goal on the break. “For periods in the second half, we matched them in the passing. I’m very, very happy – everybody got a run-out. “It did a lot for our fitness and there were no injuries. Pre-season is all about preparing for 10 months. Today we saw a lot of mental strength. “Everyone who started or came on wanted to impress and work extremely hard. That was our chance today to compete against a very good footballing side. “The shape was very good. We had one or two problems we sorted out in the first half, so we became more stable. “After a while, the players got their breath back because they had to run a lot in the first 20 minutes. “We got exactly what we wanted – a very good physical session. Hopefully everyone will return to light training tomorrow and prepare for Saturday.”

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Avenetti – Leeds left wing target (the last piece in the jigsaw ?)

Tues 21st. Leeds chase winger Leeds United have made a bid to sign Ternana forward Felipe Avenatti. The race to sign the Uruguayan has intensified with new suitors Watford and Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa in the mix for the 22-year-old. It had been suggested that the powerful 6ft 5in striker was close to sealing a switch to Serie B side Cagliari but, according to the Corriere dello Sport, Avenatti’s next destination is likely to be in England. Leeds scouted the former River Plate hitman on numerous occasions last term, in which he struck 11 goals for the second-tier Italian outfit. Avenatti is determined to prove himself at the highest level and is said to be keen to move on this summer, however Ternana will not allow their star man to leave for less than £5m.

Tues 21st of July Rosler chases winger Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler has reiterated his plan to add a winger to his squad, saying the club want “at least one more thing” from the summer transfer market. Rosler said the addition of natural wide players was still a priority for him with the first game of the new Championship season two-and-a-half weeks away. Leeds have signed six players since the end of last season, including strikers Chris Wood and Lee Erwin, but wingers have been elusive despite Rosler’s preferred 4-3-3 formation depending on players in that role. United made enquiries about Bastia’s Floyd Ayite and Catania’s Raphael Martinho – a Brazilian who owner Massimo Cellino look at last year – earlier this month but are reluctant to meet their current valuations. Rosler, who is on tour with his players in Austria and preparing for his first season in charge, said Leeds were not “panicking” and insisted he would look for potential options within his squad while he waited for a breakthrough. “There are areas where we want to improve,” he said. “There’s not everything here. “Our financial framework is restricted but we still want to do at least one more thing. In some areas we are very light, especially when you talk about wanting to play with width and three up front, but we knew that. We are not panicking. “We know there is work to do and maybe there are players in our squad who can go in a position where they can do a job.” Rosler has been analysing his squad for the past three weeks and he will give Casper Sloth – the Dane signed from Aarhus for £600,000 last summer – a chance to play on the left wing in tonight’s friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt. The German insisted again that he was pleased with his signings so far, saying: “You hope that you have a bit of input in recruitment and I’ve said many times that I’m happy. “Ultimately the final decision – like it is not only at Leeds but at many clubs – is with the owner but I have a good input and that makes me happy. You can see what sort of players we’ve brought in.” United’s boss still expects departures from Elland Road, warning that the presence of too many fringe players in his squad would “create unhappiness”. Rosler left forward Nicky Ajose behind in England when Leeds flew out to Austria last weekend. Billy Sharp made the trip but Sheffield United are still interested in signing him and Rosler has admitted previously that he has an excess of strikers in his squad. “We’ll see, maybe one or two players will be going,” Rosler said. “What I don’t want is a massive squad because that will create unhappiness. When some players can’t see a chance to be in the squad or starting games, that makes it difficult. “We don’t have a massive squad now but obviously in some areas we have too many players.”

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Leeds 25 man squad arrive in Austria

Sat 18th of July United arrive in Austria Leeds United have announced on their official website the 25 players who have travelled for their pre-season tour of Austria. After splitting his squad for the recent friendlies against York City and Tadcaster Albion, Leeds manager Uwe Rosler has now brought his first-team players together ahead of their next match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday evening. The players will then travel to Norway before taking on another German side in the form of Hoffenheim. Leeds’ official Twitter account posted a photograph of the players arriving in Austria and it will be interesting to see how Rosler uses the considerable number of players currently available to him. Among those looking to impress in the coming days are summer signings Tom Adeyemi, Chris Wood, Lee Erwin, Charlie Horton and Sol Bamba. Leeds have impressed with their summer transfers to date and if they can add a quality left winger to their ranks they will have a real chance of pushing for promotion next season. To do that they will have to start as they mean to go on, making these pre-season matches vital. Leeds’ full travelling squad is as follows: Adeyemi, Antenucci, Bamba, Bellusci, Berardi, Bianchi, Byram, Cook, Cooper, Coyle, Doukara, Erwin, Horton, Morison, Mowatt, Murphy, Phillips, Sharp, Silvestri, Sloth, Taylor, Turnbull, Walters, Wood, Wootton.

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Adam Drury misses out on a Whites contract

Sat July 18th. Drury stays at home and misses out Adam Drury, former Manchester winger, may have missed out on signing with the Whites. Performing on a trial period with the Leeds, Drury has shown promising talent to be added to the team, according to Uwe Rosler. However, Drury will not be in Austria with the rest of the team and has expressed that he would be staying home to spend time with his family instead.

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Redders wishes Leeds and the fans well but will see Cornman in court and will win

Thursday July 16th 2015 Redfearn quits – the verdict (Phil Hay YP) The risk to Neil Redfearn in becoming Leeds United head coach was borne out by his resignation today. There are many who will say that it was bound to end this way – and not just because of Massimo Cellino’s punishing critique of him two months ago. Cellino killed their relationship by attacking Redfearn in a Sunday Mirror interview on May 18 but Redfearn was in harm’s way from the moment he accepted his promotion from the academy last November. He was asked back then how realistic his deal with Leeds was; whether it was genuinely feasible to think that if he did not survive as head coach beyond last season, the role of academy manager would remain open to him. “I’m realistic enough to know that things happen in football,” he said. “I could take the Under-11s and still enjoy myself.” That is probably true, or it was when Leeds promoted him from within. But Redfearn’s humble opinion ignored certain facts of life: the most obvious being that if he was replaced as head coach this summer, somebody somewhere – and namely Cellino – would have taken issue with him, his performance or both. In those circumstances working relationships become awkward and jobs are lost. That’s how football always goes. Certain sources close to Redfearn were honest enough to accept that Uwe Rosler, United’s new head coach, might not appreciate the presence of a popular ex-boss in the background day to day. If the season starts poorly,” one said, it won’t help if supporters start chanting for Neil. If Rosler wanted a change then you’d understand.” As it happened, Rosler and Redfearn spoke earlier in the summer and spoke amicably. None of this was Rosler’s responsibility and there is no bad blood between them. The conflict was purely between Redfearn and Cellino, even though they have not spoken for weeks and Adam Pearson, United’s executive director, was left to argue over the terms of a severance package once Cellino decided that a parting of ways was necessary. A few weeks ago it seemed that a deal might be struck and Redfearn would move on with the standard website statement thanking him for his efforts and wishing him well. The last time he went to Thorp Arch, he met with Pearson and was told to return home. Since then discussions have gone nowhere and his resignation today will bring about further court cases. Redfearn plans to seek damages and is likely to ask for an apology over the Sunday Mirror article in which Cellino called him “weak” and accused him of acting like “a baby”. One reason for the absence of a settlement was Redfearn’s refusal to agree to a statement which implied that he was leaving the academy by mutual consent. In his mind he wasn’t. Leeds and Pearson in turn took umbrage with Redfearn’s decision to seek advice from Graham Bean, a former employee of the club who Cellino fell out with badly and sacked last year. Precisely when Cellino’s relationship with Redfearn when the same way is difficult to say. Cellino was subject to a Football League disqualification for most of Redfearn’s tenure as head coach and spent most of the first half of 2015 in Miami. Even so, he was well aware of the controversy which stemmed from the suspension of Redfearn’s assistant, Steve Thompson, the saga of Mirco Antenucci’s contract and the withdrawal of six foreign players through injury before Leeds’ 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic in early April. Cellino knew too that dissent from the public was aimed at him and that United’s support were siding in big numbers with Redfearn, suspecting that the 50-year-old was being deliberately undermined. On the last day of the season – when a protest was mooted but never materialised to any great extent – Cellino skipped Leeds’ game at home to Rotherham United and went scouting to Morecambe instead. Some at Thorp Arch, including players like Sol Bamba, were annoyed by the circumstances in which Redfearn was being asked to cope and also with United’s failure to confirm whether or not his contract as head coach would be extended. Other staff, however, were equally unhappy about the insinuation in some quarters that the productivity of Leeds’ academy was purely down to Redfearn. Towards the end of last season, Redfearn himself was increasingly at pains to stress that the machine at Thorp Arch had more than one cog. By that stage his fate was essentially sealed. Cellino’s view of him was made plain at the gruelling press conference staged by the Italian after his return from disqualification. Cellino was peppered with pointed questions about Redfearn and finished the briefing with mocking comments about the ‘Leeds salute’ and the issue of finance. His message was clear enough: Redfearn might be Leeds, Leeds, Leeds but money makes the world go round and at Elland Road, the money comes from Cellino. Relegation battles and league position did not come into it. What impact Redfearn’s departure will have on United’s academy is only possible to surmise at present. The output at Thorp Arch in two, five or 10 years’ time will be the gauge of how positively or negatively the many changes under Cellino have affected the production line. That does not change the fact that many of the graduates who trained under him speak extremely highly of Redfearn’s influence. Much of the work done by Leeds in the close season has been considered and good. Some of it has been better than good; impressive enough to build bridges with the public. Compared to all that, the handling of someone with Redfearn’s service feels sour and unbefitting of a good club; the sort of behaviour this regime still needs to grow out of altogether.

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Byram heads home v York City

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Leeds players celebrate with Sam Byram

Weds July 15th York City 1 (McCoy 80), Leeds Utd 1 (Byram 35) (Friendly 2) United team: Turnbull, Berardi (Wootton 72), Bellusci, Bamba, Taylor, Byram, Cook, Bianchi, Mowatt (Ajose 77), Erwin (Drury 56), Morison. Subs. Horton, Purver, Dawson, Ajose. Attendance: 4,348 (2,313 United) United’s second pre-season friendly of the summer – another local affair in the shape of a visit to York City – saw Uwe Rosler hand a first start to goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, just hours after completing his switch from Barnsley on a two-year deal. Elsewhere, a United XI – overseen by Rob Kelly and Richard Hartis – were in action at Tadcaster Albion and featured several first-team members, including Marco Silvestri, Liam Cooper, Billy Sharp and Mirco Antenucci in a bid to increase the squad’s share of playing time. Kick-off at Bootham Crescent was delayed by 10 minutes due to crowd congestion outside the stadium as United fans flocked to get a glimpse of how Rosler’s side were taking shape ahead of the tour of Austria and Norway. Rosler was forced into a late change to his starting line-up, with Steve Morison coming into the replace Chris Wood in attack due to a knock picked up during the warm-ups. Goalmouth openings were scarce during the early exchanges, but it was York who were first to threaten through trialist ‘Player A’. He darted through on goal but a last-ditch lunge from Giuseppe Bellusci managed to turn the ball behind. United’s first sight of goal came on 18 minutes through the lively Lee Erwin. The summer signing from Motherwell, linking well down the left with Charlie Taylor, worked his way inside before drilling a low strike from range into the arms of goalkeeper Scott Flinders. Rosler’s men were starting to see more of the ball and they duly carved the best of the early openings after 20 minutes as Lewis Cook slotted Morison through on goal, only to see his attempt turned behind by the legs of Flinders. Sam Byram then tested Flinders from 20 yards out, while York could have opened the scoring at the opposite end as Player A blazed a back-post volley well over Turnbull’s bar. The deadlock was eventually broken after 35 minutes courtesy of Byram’s back-post header. Alex Mowatt worked himself into space down the left and teed the ball up with an inch-perfect cross for his team-mate to power home from close-range. United ended the first half in control and looked good value for the lead. They returned from the break unchanged and could have doubled the advantage within seconds of the restart as York substitute goalkeeper Michael Ingham smothered Morison in front of goal. Byram fired wide and Berardi drilled a long-range effort into Ingham’s arms, before Rosler was prompted into making his first change of the evening on 56 minutes, introducing trialist Adam Drury – formely of Manchester City – in place of Erwin. And the 21-year-old full-back was involved almost immediately as Ingham just snatched the balls from his toes after going through on goal. Drury then tested Ingham down to his right, forcing the York keeper into a smart stop to keep out his back-post header after being picked out by Lewis Cook. Ingham’s work was cut out, and he was again called upon to push Charlie Taylor’s curling effort around the post as it looked to creep in. His finest save of the half came on 75 minutes to keep Morison at bay once again, acrobatically tipping his goal-bound volley over the bar following Mowatt’s run and cross down the United right. But, for all of United’s pressure, the hosts managed to get back on level terms with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Marvin McCoy tapping home Anthony Straker’s back-post cross to equalise. Weds 15th of July Tedcaster 0-3 Leeds Team : Silvestri, Coyle, Killock (Skelton), Cooper, Denton (Vieira), Phillips, Sloth, Doukara, Walters (Parkin), Antenucci, Sharp. Subs Grimes, McDaid, Lyman, Mulhern, Stokes Leeds cruised to a 3-0 win at Tadcaster Albion with all three strikers finding their names on the scoresheet. Leeds included Marco Silvestri, Liam Cooper, Casper Sloth, Souleymane Doukara, Mirco Antenucci and Billy Sharp in the starting line-up. Antenucci opened the scoring early in the game for Leeds when he found space and fired home with his left foot. Casper Sloth almost doubled the lead for Leeds inside fifteen minutes but his volley came back off the crossbar after good play by the side. Lewis Walters was next to go close but he fired over the bar as Leeds controlled the opening half hour of the game. Tadcaster had a rare chance with ten minutes of the first half remaining but Thornton blazed his free-kick over from a good position. Billy Sharp became the second Leeds player to hit the woodwork when his shot hit the crossbar after he had rounded the Tadcaster goalkeeper. Sharp had the ball in the net minutes later only to be denied by an offside flag. Leeds hit the woodwork for a third time in the first half when Walters saw his shot come back off a post. Doukara had a chance to double the lead on the stroke of half time but the Tadcaster goalkeeper denied him as Leeds went in with just a slender lead despite dominating the game. Leeds doubled their lead early in the second half when defender Liam Cooper headed goalwards and Sharp was on hand to finish. Sharp almost bagged a second soon afterwards but his effort was cleared off the line. Antenucci twice went close to adding to his tally and Sharp was again denied by a point-blank save by the Tadcaster keeper. Tadcaster changed goalkeepers just past the hour and he was quickly in action with a good save to deny Doukara. Lewie Coyle was next to test the replacement keeper and he did well once again to deny the young Leeds fullback. Leeds made it 3-0 in the final ten minutes when Doukara stroked the ball home. Silvestri was forced into a late save having been an almost spectator during the game to deny Ward.

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Ross Turball becomes signing number six and hopefully will put serious pressure on Silvestri

Weds Juy 15th Turnball becomes signing number six Leeds United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Ross Turnbull from Barnsley on a two-year deal. New manager Uwe Rosler has been keen to secure competition for current No.1 Marco Silvestri and Turnbull fits the bill. Turnbull, a former England youth international, becomes United’s sixth summer arrival so far after making the switch from Oakwell on a free transfer. The 30-year-old, who featured 27 times last season, has enjoyed a successful trial period at Thorp Arch after linking up with Uwe Rosler’s squad for training earlier this week. Turnbull’s career began at Middlesbrough and – following a series of loan moves – he became a regular fixture during the club’s 2008/09 Premier League campaign. His displays for Boro prompted Chelsea to make a move in July 2009, and Turnbull headed for Stamford Bridge on a four-year contract to provide competition for Petr Cech. As back-up to Chelsea’s first-choice stopper, the former Crewe and Cardiff loanee found opportunities limited in the capital but still enjoyed a trophy-laden four-year stint there. Turnbull boasts winner’s medals from the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup, as well as being part of Chelsea’s Premier League-winning squad in 2010. He departed for Doncaster in 2013 following the expiry of his contract at Stamford Bridge and played 31 times before switching to Barnsley last summer Turnbull is capped at Under-16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 level for England. He could now make his first appearance in a United shirt on Wednesday evening, with the squad being split for pre-season friendlies at York City nd Tadcaster Albion. We need someone to give serious competition to Silvestri. Looks like a competent signing if he was good enough to be number 2 to Petr Cech.

The 30-year-old, who featured 27 times last season, has enjoyed a successful trial period at Thorp Arch after linking up with Uwe Rosler’s squad for training earlier this week.’ The former Chelsea shot-stopper could now make his debut on Wednesday evening as Rosler’s side split for pre-season friendlies at York City and Tadcaster Albion.

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Luke Murphy has signed a 4 year contract extension at a wage reduction

Tues 14th of July Murphy signs new contract Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy has signed a new four-year deal with the club – and taken a substantial pay cut in the process. As reported in the YEP yesterday, Murphy, 25, has agreed fresh terms until 2019 with the Elland Road side he joined for £1million from Crewe Alexandra back in 2013. He is currently sidelined with a knee injury he picked up in pre-season training, but says he is happy at Leeds and never had any intention of leaving. Murphy, whose contract was due to expire at the end of next season has played 72 times for the Whites and played a big part in their resurgence in the second part of last season – having been out of favour before Christmas. A statement by the club said the Macclesfield-born schemer had shown his commitment by taking a considerable wage reduction to sign until 2019″. Murphy said: There wasn’t really much to think about – I’m really happy here. “I’ve obviously had ups and downs but towards the end of last season I really started to feel at home. The atmosphere in pre-season is really positive. “I started to feel as though I was playing my best football here and hopefully that can continue. I want to repay the faith shown in me by performing on the pitch. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that in the next four seasons and get this club back to where it belongs in the Premier League. The signings that have come in already this summer have shown real intent of what we’re about and what we’re hoping to achieve in the near future.” Head coach Uwe Rosler said: “I’m a big admirer of Luke, I’ve said that a few times. He finished the season very strongly and we have high hopes for him this season. “A lot of people don’t see this side but Mr Cellino has stuck by a player who is basically injured and going into the last year of his contract. That is a big statement from the owner. “He proved his worth to the club before and we’ve offered him a new contract. That’s the way football should work. I’m very happy that he’s signed and I’m looking forward to working with him very much.” Tues 14th of July Rosler “excited” about Adeymi Uwe Rosler has spoken of his excitement at the loan signing of Tom Adeyemi, saying that the opportunity to work with the midfielder again was “too good to turn down”. Adeyemi became United’s fifth signing of the summer so far on Tuesday morning, joining on a season-long loan from Cardiff City with a view to a permanent deal. And the 23-year-old is no stranger to Rosler, with the pair having spent the 2012/13 campaign together at Brentford – where Adeyemi was on loan from Norwich. “I worked with Tom at Brentford and I’ve followed his progress since then,” said Rosler.He’s a very competent midfielder with Championship qualities. “After we lost Rodolph Austin and with the injury to Luke Murphy, we were short in the midfield area. The opportunity to work again with Tom was too good to turn down. “He will add physicality, dynamism, good athleticism, height and footballing skills to our midfield. “We have different types of midfielders now and it makes me excited to work with all of them. “The most important thing is that they are good players, and Tom is a good player. But, at 23-years-old, he is a young player and he has the best years ahead of him. “We have the option to buy him after a year but we will address it step-by-step. “What excites me with him is that he has a lot of experience – he’s started over 150 games in the Football League and has played regular football for many years. “He knows the Football League and what that means. I think he will add quality and experience to our midfield. We have several options now and he is the one who can play with all of our other midfielders. “He has a very good attitude – he wants to learn and he wants to listen. That’s all we can ask for.” Asked if the chance to sign Adeyemi came as something of a surprise, Rosler replied:To be totally honest, yes. I wasn’t aware that he was available. “After the injury with Luke, we started to look more intensely at who we could bring in. “We got a tip that he was available and he ticks a lot of boxes that we were looking for in that position.”

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Adeyemi looking forward to getting into the white shirt

Tues 14th of July “The perfect club for me” – Tom Adeyemi. Tom Adeyemi insists it was an “easy decision” to make his loan move from Cardiff City, saying the opportunity to link up again with Uwe Rosler helped make Leeds the perfect club to come to”. Adeyemi, 23, was announced as United’s fifth summer signing on Tuesday morning after joining from the Bluebirds on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal. The midfielder has previously worked under Rosler during a spell at Brentford, and he says the opportunity to be coached by him again played a big part in making this switch. “I’m really happy to be here,” Adeyemi said. “I’m glad it’s all gone smoothly and I’m just looking forward to getting out there and getting the season started. “I first heard it was a possibility last week and over the weekend it became clear that it could happen. “Cardiff said they were happy for it to happen and at that point it was an easy decision for me to get on the motorway. “My agent spoke to a few clubs once it became clear Cardiff would be letting me go out on loan. “But with Leeds being a massive club and the manager being here and having worked with him before, it was the perfect club to come to.” When asked about Rosler, Adeyemi added: “He had me on loan at Brentford from when I was at Norwich when I was younger, maybe three years ago now. “I enjoyed working with him, he’s a really good manager. The opportunity to work with him again was one which I was happy to take. “We had a little chat about the way he sees the team lining up and where I would possibly fit into that. “He says there’s a number of different options of ways he wants to play. He’s going to have a look at the players over pre-season, myself included. “He made it clear that – like every other player – I’ll have to fight for my place and make sure I do well to keep it.” The former Norwich midfielder becomes United’s first loan signing of the summer, but he says the possibility of a permanent deal at the end of the season will give him something to work towards. “It’s a massive incentive for me to do well because I know that if I do put good performances in, then there’s a possibility that something could happen,” he explained. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

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Signing number five is Tom Adeyemi

Tues 14th of July. Official website – We are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Tom Adeyemi on a season-long loan from Cardiff City. Adeyemi, who joins with a view to a permanent deal, becomes our fifth arrival of the summer so far.The 23-year-old, a product of Norwich City’s youth system, follows former Cardiff team-mate Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin, Sol Bamba and Chris Wood in making the switch to Elland Road this summer. Adeyemi’s career began at Carrow Road and he made his senior debut aged 17, before going on to enjoy fruitful loan spells with Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and Brentford – playing under Uwe Rosler at the latter – as he gained valuable first-team experience. As a youngster he declined an offer from Cambridge University to pursue his footballing career, and March 2010 saw him named as the League One Apprentice of the Year, an accolade recently won at Championship level by United’s Lewis Cook. deyemi’s five years as a professional with Norwich – totalling 17 appearances for the Canaries – came to an end in summer 2013 and Birmingham City subsequently snapped him up on a two-year deal. The midfielder became an integral part of the Blues’ team, making 40 appearances and scoring three goals along the way to being named as the club’s Young Player of the Year in his debut season. Adeyemi was chosen as Birmingham’s vice-captain at the start of the last campaign, but Cardiff moved to take him to South Wales over the summer in a deal reported to have been worth over £1million. He featured 23 times in all competitions during 2014/15 and will now add to Rosler’s midfield options as the head coach readies his side for the new Championship season. Looks like a decent addition.

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Former Leeds target Woolford signs in for Blades and may make room for Murphy to come to Leeds and Sharp to Sheff Utd

Tues 14th of July Adkins wants to keep Leeds target Murphy ? Nigel Adkins has denied Martyn Woolford’s arrival at Sheffield United means Jamie Murphy, a target for Leeds United, is on the move. The 29-year-old former York City man signed a two-year deal with the Blades after leaving Millwall last month. Asked if anything could be read into the arrival of Woolford, a player who plays in Murphy’s left-sided position, Adkins replied: “It doesn’t mean anything for Jamie Murphy. “He is a Sheffield United player who can also play on the right and up front. As can Martyn. “We are trying to get ourselves promoted this year and I am certainly not looking to move Jamie Murphy on.” United are understood to remain keen on signing Billy Sharp, who has previously been linked with a possible swap deal involving Murphy joining Leeds

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Rosler contemplates his formation

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Lewis Cook played the entire second half

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Let’s hope Byram is still here in September and extends his contract

Friday 10th of July Rosler takes the ‘positives’ Uwe Rosler admits he is still “finding out about the players” but says he saw a marked second-half improvement following his side’s 1-1 pre-season draw at Harrogate Town on Friday evening. The hosts had opened scoring in front of a capacity CNG Stadium crowd, with Cecil Nyoni stabbing in from close-range after a deflected free-kick had fallen kindly into his path. But United, having made 10 changes at the break, came out for the second half looking to assert their authority on the game and duly equalised within just four minutes of the restart through Steve Morison. Half-time substitute Souleymane Doukara, who was utilised on the right of a front three, beat his marker before setting up Casper Sloth to deliver an inch-perfect cross for Morison to guide home with a flying header, as the first friendly of the summer ended all square. Rosler said: Everybody got 45 minutes with no injuries – that’s a positive thing. “In the second half we played with a better tempo and created a little bit more. Overall, I’m still finding out about the players. “The first two weeks were conditioning – that was the main aspect. We have a lot of work in front of us. “The most important thing was that everybody got minutes and there were no injuries.” Asked what caught his eye during his first game in charge, Rosler replied: “There were one or two performances. “Sol Bamba was fantastic in the second half, that is how I want my defenders to play. “I think Lee Erwin showed glimpses of why we got him. He looks an exciting prospect. “I think he has to learn about the game but there was a lot of positive things. “I think we were much more positive in the second half – we played with a better tempo and we put the opposition under pressure. “That’s what you have to do, you have to force mistakes.” United started the game in a 3-5-2 formation but reverted to 4-3-3 following the raft of half-time changes, a move which Rosler felt suited his side better. “In the 3-5-2, some players were hesitating a little bit,” he said. “Some players didn’t feel comfortable playing that. “But that’s okay – we need to expose players in different positions and hope we can improve game by game.” On Morison’s equalising goal, the head coach added: “Morison was leading the line in the second half very well. Very often he started off the trigger to press and he was in and around the crosses in the box all of the time. “That is what I ask of my strikers when we are attacking down the sides. Charlie Taylor put some very good balls in.” Friday Julay 10th. HARROGATE 1 (Nyoni 32), UNITED 1 (Morison 49) (7.30pm) (Friendly 1)United team (first half): Silvestri, Byram, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Phillips, Mowatt, Ajose, Antenucci, Erwin, Wood. United team (second half): Silvestri (Horton 74), Berardi, Bamba, Killock, Taylor, Sloth, Bianchi, Cook, Doukara, Morison, Sharp. United subs: Horton, Walters, Drury, Coyle.

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Chris Wood

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Lee Erwin showed some touches

United began their pre-season schedule with a visit to local outfit Harrogate Town, and Uwe Rosler, taking charge for the first time, named different sides for each half on a glorious summer’s evening at a near-capacity CNG Stadium. The first half saw summer signings Chris Wood and Lee Erwin both handed their first United starts in attack, while Nicky Ajose also returned for his first game in Leeds colours since last August having spent the second half of 2014/15 on loan at Crewe Alexandra. Trialist Adam Drury, formerly of Manchester City, was named among the substitutes. The hosts gave Rosler’s men two early warnings that they weren’t just there to make up the numbers, with Marco Silvestri forced into fine saves to deny Cecil Nyoni from close-range and then Joe Colbeck from a goal-bound free-kick. Leeds soon started to assert their authority, though, as Erwin saw his penalty appeal waved away following a mazy run, before Liam Cooper’s downwards header was held by Peter Crook and Wood drilled an effort into the side-netting after a powerful burst forward. But it was Silvestri who was the busier of the two goalkeepers during the opening exchanges and he pulled Leeds out of danger again with a low block at his near post after Jordan Thewlis had managed to sneak beyond the defence. The Italian then pushed away a header from the resulting corner in an end-to-end start to proceedings. Mirco Antenucci forced Crook into a smart, low stop after turning into space on the edge of the area, while Wood threatened again but could only drag his effort wide after being found by Erwin inside the box. But it was the hosts who managed to break the deadlock on 32 minutes after a deflected free-kick from the right fell kindly into the path of Cecil Nyoni to tap home the simplest of finishes.

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Morison scored Leeds only goal

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Mowatt in action

Antenucci then threatened twice after working his way into space, but Crook was there to hold his attempts on both occasions in what was becoming an increasingly frustrating first half for the visitors. Only Silvestri kept his place as the teams returned for the second half, with United now lining up in a 4-3-3 formation as they looked to get back on level terms. And Leeds did just that within four minutes of the restart, Steve Morison meeting Casper Sloth’s inch-perfect cross from the right with a flying header beyond the goalkeeper from close-range. Leeds were starting to get a hold on the game and could have gone ahead on the hour-mark, but a loose ball inside the area which cannoned off the unassuming Ross Killock from three yards out somehow bounced behind for a goalkick. Billy Sharp was then denied by an acrobatic, one-handed stop from the hosts’ goalkeeper after connecting sweetly with a half-volley from inside the area, while Gaetano Berardi dragged a left-footed effort wide after striding forward down the right. Both sides exchanged half-chances in the closing stages, but there proved to be no further goals as United’s pre-season opener ended all square. Leeds obviously struggled for fitness in their first encounter but showed few glimpses of Premiership stars 12 months down the line. Erwin wide on the right offered a taste of what he has to offer, two good feet and very quick. Wood had one decent break and shot and will be a decent number 9 for us . Leeds fans clearly haven’t forgiven Bellusci for his ‘sicknote’ misdemeanor. York on Monday needs to be much better when players in Rolser’s plans get more game time, and more used to his 4 3 3 or 3 5 2 formations.  We are still short of real width. In theory Doukara should be a handful out there but he isn’t clever enough.  That hardended midfield player still needs to be added  and for me  our goalkeeping problems have not gone away. An interesting few weeks ahead as always as players leave the panel and hopefully quality ones join up also. Thursday 9th of July. Murphy to miss start of season Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy will       miss the start of the new season after undergoing minor knee surgery. The 25-year-old is facing up to seven weeks on the sidelines due to an injury sustained in training at Thorp Arch. Murphy twisted a knee towards the end of a pre-season session last week and was sent for an operation after seeing a specialist. The news is a blow to new head coach Uwe Rosler and will intensify the club’s search for another central midfielder. Murphy – a £1m signing from Crewe in 2013 – rediscovered his form in the second half of last term having previously fallen out of favour at Elland Road. Rosler, whose side start the 2015-16 Championship term at home to Burnley on August 8, said: He twisted his knee without anyone around him. “It was a very unlucky situation and the last minute of the training session. He’s already gone for a small procedure on his knee. “I don’t think we’ll have him back ready to play in the first game against Burnley. We’ll be thinking between four and seven weeks, something in between that. “It’s a minor thing but it had to be done. I’m sad for Luke because he really tried to impress and he finished last season strong.” Murphy is the only confirmed absentee ahead of Leeds’ first pre-season game at Harrogate Town tomorrow night. On trial right-back Adam Drury is continuing to train with Leeds and could feature at Harrogate but goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has moved on after a brief trial at Thorp Arch

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Jamie Murphy – overvalued by Blades ad certainly no Robert Snodgrass going by his game starts ratio

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Billy Sharp Looks to be on the move again – this time for half a million

Weds July 8th Sharp on brink of move to Blades ? Billy Sharp is continuing to prepare for Leeds United’s first summer friendly despite claims that Sheffield United are closing in on a deal to sign him. Sharp trained with Leeds’ squad at Thorp Arch today amid reports that Sheffield United had tabled a £500,000 offer for the 29-year-old striker. Sources at Elland Road are denying that any fee has been agreed for Sharp and the forward is expected to feature in United’s opening pre-season game at Harrogate Town on Friday. Sharp’s future has been the subject of constant speculation this summer with Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic both interested in signing him. His contract with Leeds has a year left to run and United could allow him to move on after adding Chris Wood and Lee Erwin to their group of strikers. Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins fuelled talk of a switch to Bramall Lane yesterday, telling the BBC: “Billy Sharp’s an excellent player who I’ve always admired and always liked. “He’s a Leeds United player at this moment in time and that’s all I can say.” Adkins worked previously with Sharp at Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading and the striker is a popular figure at Sheffield United having played there in two previous spells. Wigan, however, are keen on landing him after their relegation from the Championship and the YEP understands that the DW Stadium is Sharp’s most likely destination if Leeds opt to sell him. He was one of United’s most high-profile recruits last summer but failed to hold down a regular place in their line-up, starting 17 league games and scoring five goals. Sheffield United’s interest in him heightened suggestions that Sharp might be used by Leeds to secure Blades winger Jamie Murphy, a player who United have been monitoring. The two clubs are at odds over Murphy’s value, however, reducing the prospect of the 25-year-old Scot coming to Elland Road. United head coach Uwe Rosler has made four additions to his squad since taking charge in May and Leeds remain in the market for a left winger, a holding midfielder and a second-choice goalkeeper. Pescara midfielder Birkir Bjarnason - a player linked with Leeds for the past two months – is close to completing a move to Swiss side Basel. Leeds are believed to admire the attacking midfielder, who once played under Rosler in Norway, but were always likely to invest in a more defensive player. Tues July 7th. United chase Belgian winger. According to a report from the Derby Telegraph, Leeds United are in the running to sign Everton youngster David Henen on loan this summer and if Uwe Rosler does bring him to Elland Road it would be a wonderful piece of business. The 19-year-old is predominantly a striker but he can also play on either wing if required and his age and versatility are such that he would be the perfect loan addition. Leeds have added real strength to their forward-line already this summer, bringing in Lee Erwin from Motherwell and Chris Wood from Leicester City, but Henen offers more than just a goal-threat, he is also a creator. Leeds are going to need strength in depth if they want to push for promotion next season and they are going to need players willing to bide their time. That means for every Wood – who will expect to start more often than not – Rosler will need a young prospect for whom patience could be the key. Given that Henen can play in any one of three different positions on the pitch, he is a loan signing who could be called on in a number of scenarios. Since signing for Everton from Anderlecht last season the Belgian teenager has scored four goals and provided two assists for the Toffees’ under-21 side and he could benefit from playing for a Leeds team that has talented youngsters in abundance. There is likely to be plenty of competition for his signature but having already settled in England he could be less of a risk than bringing in a player like Adryan, who took time to get used to the game following his move from Brazil. Henen would also know he was playing for his future in the Premier League, proving he can cut it in English football, with his parent-club watching closely. In short, it would be a great move for all, so Leeds and Everton fans, watch this space. Tues July 7th Leeds linkd with Shrew With Leeds still firmly in that market it seems they are preparing to take on another centre-back if the right deal can be put in place. The club have now set their sights on Shrewsbury youngster Connor Goldson. 22-year-old Goldson is reportedly the next Leeds target after a deal for Liam Moore of Leicester City never materialised. Goldson is very highly rated but would probably be coming is as a back-up initially with the hope of breaking into the first-team. Reports are suggesting Leeds have had an £800k bid turned down for Goldson. Leeds already have Sol Bamba, Guiseppe Bellusci, Scott Wootton and Liam Cooper on the books so a fifth may not be a priority where wingers and a central midfielder are. The club are also looking for a back-up goalkeeper with Charlie Horton set to be one for the future. Ross Turnball of Barnsley is being linked along with trialist Jak Alnwick who has been training with the club.

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Alnick on trial with Whites

Tues July 7th Leeds hand trial to Alnick Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has emerged as a possible signing for Leeds United after joining the Elland Road club on trial. Alnwick – a free agent after leaving St James’ Park – linked up with Leeds last week with United head coach Uwe Rosler searching for a back-up keeper. Italian Marco Silvestri is set to start the new season as Leeds’ first choice but the club are attempting to bring in cover for the 24-year-old, despite the arrival of Charlie Horton from Cardiff City last month. Horton, 20, is expected to feature more heavily for the club’s development squad in the campaign ahead. Leeds have shown an interest in Barnsley’s Ross Turnbull, who has one year left on his contract, but they are yet to make a formal approach for him. Alnwick is available on a free transfer after failing to secure a new deal at Newcastle. The 22-year-old made seven appearances for Newcastle last season, stepping into the breach after an injury crisis robbed the club of senior keepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

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Ross Turnball – back up to Silvestri ?

Tues July 7th. Leeds eye back up keeper LEEDS are eyeing a swoop for former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.The 30-year-old is currently at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley but could be heading to Elland Road as backup to No.1 Marco Silvestri. Turnbull joined the Tykes last summer after a year with Doncaster. And he could now be on the move again, with reports linking the player with a role at Leeds. July 7th The hardest job in world football, can Rösler survive the season? – the Scratching Shed The Championship is a notoriously fickle league, often seeing multiple management changes in any given month. Last season alone for example, there were 23 changes of management. To most neutrals (and many of our own fans), it’ll come as no surprise to see Leeds United featuring high on that list. The unstable management situation can be attributed to Massimo Cellino’s erratic personality, but that’s not the whole story. The changes at Elland Road are also partly a result of unrealistic fan expectations paying little consideration to the capabilities of our team. As with any Leeds United manager, only by winning a majority of games will fans be satisfied with Uwe Rösler’s performance, but if you look at Betfair Sport’s betting odds (a useful barometer of how the neutrals see things) for our opening game against Burnley, we’re already considered underdogs on home turf. Burnley are expected to be one of the stronger teams of course and a lot can change between now and then, but Leeds really aren’t fancied for the current season and given Rösler’s only real chance of satisfying owner and fans is by reaching the top six, does he really stand a fair chance? Going back to Simon Grayson, a man criminally scapegoated by Ken Bates for finishing 7th our first season back in the Championship (despite Bates providing nowhere near enough to improve the squad, all while selling key players) Leeds have been expecting managers to produce the extraordinary without providing them the tools to do so. What football statistics need is some kind of weighted handicapping system to show the true value of a manager because the resources available to each given club dramatically alters what can realistically be expected of them. Man City or Chelsea winning the Premier League for example is always going to be a great achievement, but given the players and cash they have, it’s also expected. Would it be anywhere near as impressive as Leicester City or Bournemouth finishing in the top six? Of course it wouldn’t. The difference of course, is that Bournemouth and Leicester City fans don’t expect to finish in the top six. Leicester will be hoping for a more comfortable season of mid-table obscurity while Bournemouth would happily take 17th. Their fans’ expectations are realistic because they’re broadly in-line with that of the neutrals. Meet or exceed those expectations and their respective managers will be safe and congratulated. For Uwe Rösler however, he faces the unenviable task of trying to please an owner and fanbase who’ll only be satisfied with the Championship’s top six, despite the odds showing little faith in an improvement on last season’s finish. That disparity between expectation of neutrals and expectation of fanbase exists at some other clubs too, but rarely is it as wide as it is at Leeds. At this moment in time, before Rösler has taken charge of his first game, it’s easy for me to say that 12th should be considered realistic and a fair performance, worthy of him keeping his job considering what’s available to him. But I can’t guarantee I’ll feel that way by the end of September because Leeds United have been too many years outside the Premiership and my patience has long since been exhausted. It’s for that reason, Uwe Rösler has the worst job in world football and if he’s to survive a full season at this club, he’ll have to perform above and beyond what neutrals would consider realistic

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Patterson – not sure if he is what we are looking for – would prefer Antonio

Sunday July 6th. Leeds linked with Patterson of Forest Leeds United are rumoured to be interested in signing Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson. Another Forest winger, Michail Antonio, has recently been linked with Leeds however he is seen as an ambitious target. According to reports, Forest are willing to listen to offers for Paterson due to his lack of game time at the City Ground. This would make him a more realistic target for Leeds. Paterson began his career at Walsall, making 94 appearences before leaving in 2013 to join Nottingham Forest in a deal believed to be around £1 million. Paterson’s best run of form came in early 2014, scoring against Bolton and Blackburn Rovers including a hat-trick against West Ham. However due to factors such as Antonio’s great form, he had less game time failed to hit such heights last season. With Leeds United’s new manager Uwe Rosler looking to put his own stamp on the squad, today also being linked with Steve Sidwell, Paterson would be a signing with great potential

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Bjarnason still on Leeds radar apparantly

Sat July 4th  Bjarnason move falls through as Leeds make better offer By Tom Carnduff Following on from the news today that Birkir Bjarnason’s move to Torino is reportedly near collapse, the reason for this deal falling through seems to have been revealed, as reports in Italy suggest that Leeds have offered the Icelandic international a better deal. The Whites looked at the attacking midfielder last month, but missed out on his signature as the player opted to sign for Torino instead. La Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that Bjarnason was set for a £700,000 move to Torino this month and the deal looked set for completion. However the stumbling block was at the personal terms, where Bjarnason and his agent demanded €500,000 per year as opposed to the €450,000 that Torino were offering. This higher wage was demanded after an agreement was made between the two parties, which may suggest that Leeds came in with a bid at the last minute as they are in the market for a central midfielder and left winger, two positions that Bjarnason can play in.

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Rosler sees the experienced Steve Sidwell as the midfielder to helo Mowatt and Cook

Sat July 4th. Leeds cool interest in Joey Barton in favour of Steve Sidwell Leeds have reportedly cooled interest in former Newcastle and QPR midfielder Joey Barton and are targeting Stoke City’s Steve Sidwell. Leeds United are interested in signing Steve Sidwell from Stoke City this summer, according to The Sun. It has been reported by the British tabloid that Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler sees the 32-year-old midfielder as a player who can help his team push for promotion from the Championship next season. According to The Sun, Rosler has cooled his interest in former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton. The 32-year-old is a free agent at the moment, having parted company with London outfit Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Sidwell joined Stoke in the summer of 2014 after leaving Fulham, but he has failed to make a big impact at the Britannia Stadium so far. The former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder could feature in just 12 Premier League matches last season, creating one chance in the process. The ex-Arsenal prospect had a pass accuracy of 84%, and won nine headers, two dribbles and 11 tackles. Sidwell has one more year left on his contract at Stoke, which means that Leeds will have to pay a transfer fee to sign the former Arsenal prospect this summer.

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Bellusci receives red at Watford – unfair on his team mates – unfair on the supporters

Sat July 4th. Bellusci – Will he stay or will he go ? Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has insisted that defender Giuseppe Bellusci is played more next season, as The Whites boss is a big fan of the centre back, and he will not be sold for anything less than a seven-figure sum. Cellino brought Bellusci to the club last summer for a fee of around £1.6m, and the Italian went onto make 30 league appearances last season. Now a source close to The72 has said that there are two possible outcomes for the defender next season, with a heavy involvement in team selection being one. The other option is the sale of Bellusci should Leeds make further additions to the back line. If Bellusci is to be sold, Cellino will not consider any offers lower than £1.3m, meaning that Leeds will make back most of the money they paid for him to Catania. Leeds currently have Sol Bamba, Giuseppe Bellusci, Liam Cooper and Scott Wootton as first team centre-back options, but with Wootton being used increasingly at full-back, The Whites will have to look at further additions in this area and boss Uwe Rosler has identified the defence as an area that needs improvement. Despite this, a centre midfielder and a winger remain the priority for incoming players. With Cellino’s admiration of Bellusci however, it is unclear whether Leeds will look to bring in starting centre-backs or just players who will be used for cover. This news comes just days after the agent of both Bellusci and Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci, Silvio Pagliari, told Tutto Mercato that “Giuseppe had a very good season and is happy at Leeds. “(Bellusci) has three years left on his contract and Cellino deems him important.” The former Italy under-21 international was involved in his fair share of controversy last season and was handed suspensions on 4 separate occasions, 2 for straight red cards against Watford and Bournemouth and the other 2 for accumulating 5 and 10 yellow cards across the season. Bellusci has divided opinion amongst fans of Leeds United, with some wanting to see the defender involved more whilst others want him sold this window. The likelihood is however, that the Italian will stay for the upcoming campaign as many clubs will deem the price tag too high to make an approach. Sat July 4th Redfearn set for Leeds exit Neil Redfearn is set to part company with Leeds United, it is understood. Redfearn and the club are negotiating a settlement which will end his six-and-a-half-year spell as a coach at Elland Road. The 49-year-old’s departure is still to be finalised but the recent breakdown of his relationship with United owner Massimo Cellino will see him move on in the coming days. Redfearn, who first joined Leeds’ academy coaching team in 2009, finished last season as head coach but was replaced in that role by Uwe Rosler in May. Cellino is believed to have pushed for a parting of ways in the aftermath of Rosler’s arrival, despite suggestions that Redfearn would remain at the club. Redfearn’s contract – agreed when he became head coach last November – gave him the right to resume his old job as academy manager this summer. Speaking on the day of Rosler’s unveiling, executive director Adam Pearson said: “Neil’s been offered the appointment back in charge of the academy and we await his answer.” Redfearn looked ready to take up that post again, telling the YEP last month: “As far as I’m concerned, on July 1, I’m coming back as academy manager.” He was not present for the start of pre-season training this week, however, and discussions about his exit are ongoing.Cornman never wanted Redfearn back at Elland Road. That much is certainly clear. Frida July 3rd PFA ask for ban on Leeds signings over Stewart saga Leeds, meanwhile, are facing the threat of another transfer embargo due to the ongoing dispute over Cameron Stewart’s aborted transfer to Elland Road last summer. The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has asked the Football League to impose an embargo on United as punishment for non-payment of wages owed to Stewart. In May, a Football Association arbitration tribunal ordered Leeds to pay in excess of £500,000 to Stewart followng their refusal to honour a three-year deal agreed with the winger. United have not paid the money and the PFA is pressing the Football League to hit United with immediate sanctions. Weds 2nd of July. Returning Leeds player making an early impression – From Right in the Gary Kelly’s Yesterday the full Leeds United squad returned back to Thorp Arch to begin a grueling five week pre-season regime. It’s a clean slate for every player including those that found themselves surplus to requirements last season and that we’re afraid counts for Tommy Bianchi. However Uwe Rösler was quick to praise forgotten man Nicky Ajose’s attitude in training since returning back to the club from his loan spell with Crewe last season. Rösler said the following about Nicky:

“I’d be foolish if I declined certain individuals of the squad before I’ve even seen them. For me it’s always the same. I judge people from what I see on the pitch. For someone like Nicky Ajose he’s been terrific, he’s been the fittest, the best runner, put a lot of effort in and he was completely out of the picture last season.”   

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Nicky Ajose has quietly impressed the German coach so far with his work ethic – let’s see if it transfers onto the pitch

Ajose has something to prove at Leeds United and appears he’s showing this right from the off. After a £150,000 transfer from Peterborough in August last year, Nicky played in the first few games of the season but then quickly fell out of favour. In January of this year Crewe came knocking and took Ajose on a short term loan deal. From the off he made an impression and after both clubs agreed to extend the loan till the end of the season Nicky finished 2014/15 season as Crewe’s top scorer after a series of impressive displays. We’ve seen in the past what a loan move can do for a player, you only have to look at Bradley Johnson (Brighton) Jermaine Beckford (Scunthorpe) and Davide Somma (Lincoln). They all benefited from spells away from the club and became first team regulars. Last season we lacked pace and much needed width, if Nicky Ajose continues with this attitude he might just be the answer we have been looking for.

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Julian Darby

Weds July 2nd. Darby handed Leeds role Leeds have appointed Julian Darby as the club’s new first-team coach. Darby, 47, who has had coaching roles at Preston, Derby, Nottingham Forest (twice) and Bolton, has been taking pre-season training this week. He joins head coach Uwe Rosler in Leeds’ new-look coaching set-up and assistant head coach Rob Kelly, with whom Darby worked alongside during his second spell at Forest. Former Brentford and Wigan boss Rosler succeeded Neil Redfearn at the end of May and Kelly arrived as his assistant earlier this month. Leeds have also appointed former Cardiff goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis to their backroom staff since the end of last season, while new head of recruitment Martyn Glover recently arrived from West Ham. Redfearn has reverted back to his role as academy manager following his spell as head coach last season. A full-scale summer shake-up at Elland Road has seen former Hull chairman Adam Pearson return to the club as executive director – he was commercial director at Leeds for five years until 2001 – and Stuart Hayton has been appointed club secretary after similar roles at Wigan and Liverpool. Rosler said: Rob recommended Julian – they’ve worked with each other before so it’s a very good dynamic between them two. “There’s a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm out on the training field – I think that is absolutely needed. “I’m also very happy with Richard Hartis. I know him from Norway and I also knew him from Man United. “He has experience and knowledge on the training pitch but also knows about creating that winning environment.” Thurs July 2nd. Big money deal takes Rosler by surprise UWE ROSLER has professed his delight at the capture of big-money recruit Chris Wood – and readily admits he did not think it was possible. The Kiwi striker has arrived at Leeds for a seven-figure fee which could rise to £3m, with the Whites head coach quick to pay tribute to owner Massimo Cellino for sanctioning the deal and making it happen. Only last week, Rosler alluded to United not having one of the biggest budgets in the league, with little likelihood of big-money deal seemingly on the horizon. But the green light was given to recruit Wood, much to the head coach’s pleasant surprise. Rosler said: The deal is a big one and we won’t be able to do two or three of them. I didn’t realise this (Wood signing) was possible – when I compare our wage budget to others. And our wage budget is what I was told last week. “But with the help of Mr Cellino, it has happened. “It is a clear sign of our intent that we want to build something. That was the message when I started and it is still the same now.” Wolves were also interested in Wood, who has enjoyed success in the Championship with the likes of Millwall, Leicester and Birmingham, but ended their interest on Tuesday evening, viewing a £3m package to be too steep. Leeds had already pretty much signed and sealed the arrival of Wood, but both Rosler and the forward have been quick to stress that his arrival at Elland Road was down to footballing reasons and nothing about money. Rosler added:There was other competition (for his signature). I know Wolves were interested and another club. “But I can only tell you what Chris told me when we had a meeting to present ourselves to him, his parents and agent. “And the impression I got was that this was not a money decision. He fitted our wage structure. It was a decision for him on the status of our club and seeing himself as an integral part of our future.” At just 23, Wood has already played for eight clubs in England, including six on loan and Rosler is confident he can lay down some lasting roots at Leeds and kick on again after being on the periphery at Leicester last term. On Wood, who spent a spell at Ipswich Town at the end of last season, he added: “He found it hard to get regular playing time (at Leicester) and got loaned out here and there. “Sometimes it is hard and you need stability in your day-to-day regime. Also with the players you play with and the manager and coaches you work with. “I think it will make it easier for a young player to settle. “We offer him that and Chris decided because of football to come here. He sees a young squad of players and a team that will be built for the future. He can be a very important part of that.” Thursday July 2nd. Time to add pace to fire power – Rosler UWE ROSLER says that Leeds United’s sights have now switched to adding some pacey recruits following the big-money acquisition of Chris Wood. The New Zealander has become United’s fourth close-season arrival following the earlier signings of defender Sol Bamba, Scottish striker Lee Erwin and rookie keeper Charlie Horton. An injection of pace is Rosler’s next aim, although the United head coach says he is in no rush to supplement his numbers. Rosler said: We go step by step (in recruitment). We are right on track and have already signed good players. “We had good ones here, too. A few have surprised me in a positive way. “But we would like to add one or two more in terms of needing pace in the team. (But) We are not in a rush and will see what happen. “Getting the main striker sorted was crucial.” Rosler is running the rule over former Manchester City full-back/winger Adam Drury on trial. Drury, 21, has had previous loan spells at St Mirren and Burton Albion

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Rosler takes training at Thorp Arch

Weds Juy 1st Rosler still looking to improve squad Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has told BBC Radio West Yorkshire that he still wants ‘two or three’ new signings this summer. The Whites boss snapped up Leicester City striker Chris Wood earlier today, adding the New Zealand international to fellow new arrivals Charlie Horton, Sol Bamba and Lee Erwin in a productive start to the transfer window for the new Leeds manager. With the new season just over a month away, Leeds are making good progress this summer – but Rosler isn’t finished just yet. The German has told BBC Radio West Yorkshire that he is still looking for up to three new signings this summer in order to get his squad sorted. Rosler also added that former Manchester City youngster Adam Drury is on trial at Elland Road, with the right back/right winger looking to earn a contract with the Whites this summer – but a decision could be some time off yet.

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Brad Baker

Weds July 1st. Brad Baker next to arrive ? After today’s huge signing Chris Wood arriving at Leeds we could well be on the brink of signing a youngster set to supply the Kiwi striker. As we brought to you earlier this summer Brendan Baker is set to sign for the club in the very near future. It now seems that Leeds United’s impressive summer recruitment so far looks set to address the width of the squad. Baker, a Manchester City youngster is expected to arrive on a loan deal initially with the option to buy. With a couple of wingers added Leeds can be very happy with their work in a transfer window that actually only opened today. Barker is left footed and has some serious pace about him but is widely unknown to myself and most fans. City certainly rate the youngster highly and will be watching his progress in West Yorkshire if the deal goes through. A player Baker will know very well is Adam Drury. The right-winger who can also play right back is on trial at the club with Rosler keen on seeing if he can make the step-up to first-team level. Rosler said today that “two or three” more would be enough and I agree with that. We need wingers and if the two City lads sign up then one more would be great. Optimism continues to grow in LS11. Weds 1st July Wood Interview NEW £3m Leeds United signing Chris Wood admits he did plenty of homework before electing to join the Whites – and says he was won over by the club’s hierarchy before committing himself. The 23-year-old has arrived at Elland Road from Leicester on a four-year deal in CWooda move that will eventually earn the Foxes £3m. Th e New Zealander received the reassurances he was looking for from Leeds before deciding to join and now he can’t wait to start his United adventure on the pitch in front of the Leeds fans. On the move, he added: “It came pretty quickly. I think it was around about Thursday last week when the interest came and I heard about it and then the bid went in straightaway. “It was nice to see that and you want to see that as it showed the type of hunger that they want me here. “Of course, I had my thoughts about what happened last season and the way the club was run and things like that. “But I came up here to speak to the manager to get my own little feel on it. “It was the biggest move of my career and I didn’t want to take things lightly. “I did my homework and made sure I was at the right place for me. “I came up at the last weekend and I spoke to them both (Rosler and Cellino) and it blew me away what they were saying and how they looked to change it and the club behind the scenes, which they have done already. “In the past four or five weeks, they have brought in Adam Pearson and a couple of other ones in the backroom staff and it’s looking good. The manager is a good appointment and I can’t wait to work under him. “I spoke to the manager and Massimo and I went away for a think about it to get the feeling of where I want to be and whether it matched up to where Leeds want to be. “As soon as I got things into my head, I was on the phone to the manager that I wanted to be here and they stuck the deal quickly.”

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Chris Wood will cost initially 2M pounds and up to 3M if and when we get promoted (our biggest fee since signing Nick Barmby 10 million years BC) A good signing. The right age and on a four year contract – Now for some speedy wingers so he can actually get the ball

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Erwin training at Thorp Arch

Weds July 1st. Wood becomes signing number number four and biggest since Barmby We are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Chris Wood from Leicester City on a four-year deal. Wood, 23, arrives at Elland Road for an undisclosed fee, with the club having beaten off stiff competition from other Championship rivals for his signature. The New Zealand international becomes United’s fourth summer signing following the additions of Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin and Sol Bamba earlier this month, as Uwe Rosler’s squad continues to take shape for the new campaign. “I think he’s another important piece in the jigsaw,” the head coach told leedsunited.com . “We were looking for a number nine type – like Chris Wood is. “He’s physical, strong and experienced in this league. He has potential to develop and has his best years in front of him. “It’s exciting. He already has a proven goalscoring record and I think there are many goals to come. We think that he is the right player.” Wood, who joined Leicester from West Brom in 2013, scored 20 times during his 62 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes. He found the net on the opening day of the Premier League season in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Everton, but top-flight opportunities became limited for the striker and he subsequently moved on loan to Ipswich for the second half of 2014/15. Wood’s career began in New Zealand – representing Cambridge FC, Waikato FC and then Hamilton Wanderers – before he made the switch to England with West Brom as a highly-rated youngster back in 2009. Four years at the Hawthorns, which included loan spells at Barnsley, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol City and Millwall, brought limited first-team chances with the Baggies, and he eventually joined Leicester permanently in January 2013 following a prolific loan stint at Millwall. Wood ended that campaign with an impressive 22 goals from 43 appearances, establishing himself as one of the division’s hottest properties. He netted eight in 29 games during Leicester’s promotion-winning campaign and featured seven times in the Premier League last season. United have also taken Adam Drury on trial a winger/Full back who was with Man City but played on loan down the divisions and was familiar to Rosler. Rosler has said that he still wants “three to four more players in” to complete his squad.

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The new shirt

Tues 30th of June . Wood to sign in next 48 hours As Leeds step closer to unveiling Chris Wood in the next 48 hours, Five things you need to know about seven-figure Leeds United target Chris Wood LEEDS UNITED are understood to be close to signing Leicester City striker Chris Wood for a seven-figure fee, with the whole package believed to be in the region of £3m. The Auckland-born forward, 23, has played for a number of clubs already in his time in England, including West Brom, Leicester, Birmingham City and Millwall. The Kiwi international has previously had a loan spell in Yorkshire at Barnsley. Here’s five things to know about the striker. 1: Wood started his youth and senior career with Cambridge FC in the Northern League of New Zealand before joining Waikato FC ahead of joining Hamilton Wanderers. He joined the Baggies in 2009. His elder sister Chelsey, who studied medicine at university, represented New Zealand at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. His New Zealand-born father Grant played local league football in rugby-union obsessed Auckland, while his British-born mother Julie hails from South London. 2: Wood made his West Brom debut at the age of just 17. His appearance as a substitute against Portsmouth at Fratton Park in April 2009 made him Albion’s youngest league player since a 16-year-old Bobby Hope in 1960. In the process, he became just the fifth New Zealander to play in the top-flight. 3: At the end of the 2008–09 season, Wood agreed his first professional contract, signing a twKappaLeedso-year deal at Albion, with a further two-year option. He then signed a new three-and-a-half year contract in December 2009, with West Brom having the option to extend that for a further year. He scored his first professional goal with a 25-yarder in a 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in September 2009. 4: Early on in the 2010-11 season, Wood had a short spell at Barnsley before a more rewarding loan spell at Brighton after joining in November 2010, hitting nine goals up to the end of that campaign. The following season, he hit 11 goals during a productive half-season loan at Birmingham, including his first hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Millwall in September 2011. After a spell at Bristol City in the second half of 2011-12, he linked up with the Lions and hit 11 goals before being transferred permanently to Leicester for £2m on New Year’s Day 2013. 5: Wood scored twice on his Foxes debut in a 6-1 routing of Huddersfield Town and soon fired a treble in the 4-0 FA Cup win at Bristol City. All told, in the 2012-13 campaign, he hit 22 goals in separate spells at Millwall and Leicester. He scored Leicester’s opening top-flight goal in the 2-2 draw with Everton on the first day of last season, but ended the campaign on loan at Ipswich Town. Tues 30th of June New Leeds Shirt pic leaked. Plain white retro look, blue trims and apparently no sponsors? Leeds United’s home kit for 2015/16 from Kappa got unofficially leaked on the internet today and the response has been majorly positive with the fans. Check out leaks below!

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Can Leeds gazzump Wolves and pay their biggest fee for a player since the arrival of Nick Barmby a lifetime ago

Monday 29th of June. United and Wolves have bids accpted for Wood  LEEDS UNITED and Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers are locked in a two-way fight to sign Leicester City striker Chris Wood. The New Zealand-international forward is expected to leave the Foxes, having fallen down the pecking order at the Kingpower Stadium. Leeds are understood to have tabled a seven-figure bid to Leicester late last week, which was accepted. After seeing an initial offer rebuffed by Leicester, Wolves have come back in with a second offer, which has also been accepted by the East Midlands outfit. Wood is considering his options with personal terms thought to be the biggest obstacle Leeds need to overcome to successfully win the race for his services. The 23-year-old’s days at Leicester appear to be numbered with Foxes keen to recoup a seven-figure fee of £2.5m for his services – having just spent £7m on Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki, who has arrived at the club from Bundesliga side Mainz. The likes of Leonardo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy are also in front of Wood in the queue for a starting spot. QPR have also been credited with an interest in Wood, who scored on the opening day of last season for Leicester in a 2-2 draw with Everton. But that was his only strike in the top-flight in 2014-15 and he spent a eight-match spell at Ipswich in the final months of last season, failing to find the net for the Tractor Boys. Wood, linked with Leeds in the past, has also previously had loan spells at Millwall, Bristol City, Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Barnsley, after starting his career at West Brom. He previously spent a successful temporary spell under Wolves boss Kenny Jackett at Millwall in the first half of the 2012-13 season, netting 11 goals for the Lions. Wood, who has a year left on his Leicester contract, struck a late winner in Millwall’s 1-0 success over Leeds at the New Den in November 2012 Mon June 29th. Glover has sown the seeds to bear fruit United – whose players officially start pre-season training at Thorp Arch today – have already brought in three players, with last week’s arrival of defender Sol Bamba following on from the additions of young striker Lee Erwin and rookie goalkeeper Charlie Horton. Leeds have been linked with a host of other players, including Leicester duo Chris Wood and Liam Moore and Birmingham City forward Clayton Donaldson with Glover working in tandem with head coach Uwe Rosler and owner Massimo Cellino to augment the club’s squad numbers. A plethora of signings arrived from the continent in the 2014 close season with former sporting director Nicola Salerno proving an influential figure in bringing many players to Leeds, particularly from Italy. But Glover, who previously served as recruitment head at West Ham under Sam Allardyce, says that the emphasis 12 months on is on bringing in recruits from this country and raiding the domestic market.He said: I think the idea is to get that British core right. “We have got some very good, talented players at Leeds, some of the best you are likely to have. “It is important that we get the balance right in the dressing room and get the right type of characters to ultimately get this team out of the Championship and into the Premier League where it belongs. “That is the plan. Carrying it out will be interesting, but that’s the aim – to have a British core. Although we won’t rule out foreign players. “I had a great relationship with Sam and it will be nice to develop a similar relationship with Uwe (Rosler) now. “I think the idea is that we will work on things together in terms of potential targets. Obviously, Uwe will have his say as it is his team and he is the one who will pick the side at the end of the day. “My role will be to come up with targets and potential players and manage that side of it and present the case to the manager as to what we think we can do and then it is a case of trying to make the finances fit. “It is very much a team effort.” Glover studied at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he completed a physical education degree before entering into teaching. After working at Blackburn Rovers’ academy, Glover became a full-time member of the staff at Ewood Park and the club’s chief scout under Allardyce and later accompanied him to West Ham. Glover is confident that the groundwork being put in will bear fruit in the coming weeks. He added: It is an unusual time for me as half the managers in the country have been on holiday and people aren’t where they need to be. But it’s good to get started. “You do a lot of work now and I am full at it and there’s a lot of work going on. But it’s hard to get things over the line now because other clubs don’t work the same and a lot of managers have been on holiday and want to get players back in at pre-season to see where they are up to before they start making any decisions and buying and selling players. “It is important that you are all on the same page in what you are trying to achieve and you know your restraints in terms of budgets and then you can work accordingly. “It is important we work together and get the right type of players in for the right finance.”

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Chris Wood – Good striker if Cornman would release the funds

Monday Jun 29th United chase Chris Wood – Source HITC Leeds United are closing in on a deal to sign Leicester City’s Chris Wood, according to BBC West Yorkshire. New Zealand striker Wood found opportunities limited for the Premier League side last season and is surplus to requirements. Leicester last week signed Japanese international forward Shinji Okazaki. Wood would become Leeds’ fourth permanent signing, following Sol Bamba, Lee Erwin and Charlie Taylor. HITC reported Leeds interest in Wood earlier this month, although at the time it was considered Wolves were the Championship side in the lead for his signature. Wood is still just 23-years-old and could expect to become a regular starter at Leeds, in a division in which he has a proven goalscoring record. £2.5 million would be a high investment in a player by Leeds standards in recent seasons and be a major statement of intent by owner Massimo Cellino of his commitment to the club securing promotion next season.

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Avenatti – another risky Italian – No thanks !

Monday June 29th. Leeds chase Avenatti – The Star UWE ROSLER is poised to make Uruguayan striker Felipe Avenatti his second signing as Leeds boss. The Championship side are set to launch a £3m bid for the Ternana frontman after missing out on Chris Wood and Clayton Donaldson. Leicester striker Wood is closing on a £1m switch to Wolves, while Birmingham are not prepared to sell Donaldson. Free agent Nicky Maynard has also been looked at, but he’s set to join Nottingham Forest instead. Avenatti bagged 13 goals in 39 games in Serie B last season, catching the eye of United, Aston Villa and Italian outfit Cagliari. The 22-year-old started his career with River Plate before joining Ternana in 2013. Ivory Coast international Sol Bamba was Rosler’s first Leeds signing when he made his loan move permanent last week. Friday June 26th Juve star wanted at Elland Road ITALIAN international Simone Pepe is understood to be a target for Leeds United after being released by Juventus. But the 31-year-old winger will also attract the attention of several top Serie A sides after collecting four league title winners’ medals with the ‘Old Lady.’ Pepe started out at home-town club Roma but never played in the first team. He has shone in Serie A for 10 seasons, mainly for Udinese and Juventus, scoring 29 goals in 219 games despite being hindered by injuries in recent seasons. He has been linked with the Elland Road club since April, after Leeds owner Massimo Cellino said he was interested in bringing a series of Italian-based players to the club. Ahead of his release Pepe, who appeared for Italy at the 2010 World Cup, said: “I have spent five fantastic years in amazing company at Juventus. I have given my heart and soul. Juventus have understood me and will keep an incredible feeling forever.” Pepe joined Udinese midway through the 2005–06 campaign in a co-ownership deal, for €500,000, along with Salvatore Masiello and Nicola Santoni as part of the David Di Michele deal for €5.35m. Juventus signed Pepe on loan for €2.6m in June, 2010, with the option to sign him permanently for €7.5m in July. He scored five times in 30 matches in his first season in Turin. If Leeds are unable to attract Pepe to England then a player closer to home could be on their radar. With United striker Billy Sharp being linked with a return to Sheffield United, Leeds are likely to insist that Scotland Under-21 winger Jamie Murphy is part of any package. Murphy has scored 17 goals in 94 appearances since joining the Blades from Motherwell in 2013 and signed a new contract in January, keeping him at Bramall lane until the summer of 2017. Sheffield-born Sharp has scored just five goals in 33 appearances for Leeds since signing a two-year deal from Southampton in August, 2014. The 29-year-old began his career with the Blades and returned from Scunthorpe in 2007, scoring eight goals in 51 games before netting 40 in 82 appearaqnces for Doncaster Rovers ahead of a £1.8m move to Southampton in January, 2012.