Edited by Gerry Cunningham (Twitter Ger Cunningham @GerCun7) 

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Friday July 1st 2016 Fletcher opts for Hammers over Leeds Barnsley and Leeds United have been beaten to the signature of Manchester United starlet Ashley Fletcher – by Premier League side West Ham United.Fletcher, 20, spent the second half of last season at Oakwell, scoring in the play-off final as Barnsley won promotion to the Championship. Leeds have been monitoring Fletcher throughout the summer and were encouraged by his decision to turn down a new deal at Old Trafford last week but West Ham have killed competition for his signature by offering the 20-year-old a four-year contract.

Barnsley may still be able to lure Fletcher away on a loan deal this coming season, but it is understood Leeds were more interested in a permanent move. Fletcher is out of contract at Manchester United but the club are entitled to compensation for him on account of his age. He is expected to cost in the region of £500,000. Fletcher initially planned to start pre season at Old Trafford while he weighed up his options but West Ham have forced the issue by stepping in with a substantial proposal. He is expected to undergo a medical with West Ham later today.

Friday July 1st Bianchi leaves Leeds for Ascoli as Empoli move for Bellusci Tommaso Bianchi’s spell with Leeds United is over after Ascoli moved to take up their option to sign the midfielder permanently.Ascoli have confirmed to the YEP that they are committed to taking Bianchi on a full-time basis after the 27-year-old completed the second half of last season on loan at the Serie B club. He went back to Italy after mixed form and two operations saw him drop out of the first-team picture at Elland Road.

Bianchi – signed by United from Sassuolo in 2014 – played 24 times in his first season with Leeds but he damaged his knee towards the end of that campaign and required surgery on a cartilage problem the following summer. His last appearance came in a 2-0 win at Reading in February 2015, the night when Bianchi injured a cruciate ligament, and Leeds have been keen to move him off the wage bill. He is halfway through a four-year deal. Bianchi’s time with Ascoli began in dramatic fashion, with a red card on his debut against Cesena, but he helped the club to see off the threat of relegation from Serie B.Ascoli agreed with Leeds that they would take Bianchi permanently if they avoided the drop and the midfielder, who was not present when Garry Monk’s players reported back to Thorp Arch for pre-season training on Monday, is expected to put pen to paper on a three-year deal. Ascoli said they had negotiated a ‘fixed fee’ with United at the time when Bianchi finalised his loan.

A spokesperson for Ascoli told the YEP: “Ascoli Picchio has exercised the right of redemption and the player will remain with us outright.”Bianchi was one of a clutch of 15 signings made by United during Massimo Cellino’s first transfer window as club owner. Nine of those have moved on from Elland Road and reports in Italy say Serie A side Empoli remain interested in signing centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci. Bellusci has also missed the start of pre-season training at Leeds and is currently back home in Italy dealing with family matters but the defender has been touted for a move back to the Italian leagues for the past six months. Verona were said to have bid £5m for him in January and Empoli are rumoured to be pushing Cellino for a deal to buy Bellusci out of a contract which ends in 2018.

Bellusci has made more than 50 appearances for United and was regularly involved last season but his stay at Elland Road has been chequered by controversy and former head coach Steve Evans dropped him for disciplinary reasons towards the end of the 2015-16 term. Leeds want to add new centre-backs to their squad before the start of next term and new boss Garry Monk is pushing to sign Swansea City’s Kyle Bartley on loan. Meanwhile, Under-21s midfielder Alex Purver and striker Frank Mulhern have signed new one-year contracts with the club. Purver captained Leeds’ development squad last season, while Mulhern finished as joint top scorer.


Signing number 1

Tuesday 28th of June Antonsson interview Despite originating from what he describes as “a little village” that’s “out in the forest” in the Swedish locality of Unnaryd, new signing Marcus Antonsson says he has made a large number of local United fans happy after his move to Elland Road was confirmed.The 25-year-old striker finalised his switch from homeland side Kalmar FF on Tuesday, signing a three-year deal to become the club’s first summer arrival, and Antonsson, the Allsvenskan’s top scorer this season with 10 goals from his first 12 matches, is already well aware of United’s global appeal.Where I come from in Sweden, it’s out in the forest a little bit and maybe one or two thousand people live there,” the forward explained. “But a lot of them are Leeds fans! “It’s a place called Unnaryd, it’s located in the forest a little bit – a little village. A lot of people out there are happy for this transfer! “I knew a little bit about the club already but I know a lot more now that I’m here. “One of the things that I felt when I came here was that Leeds United belongs in the Premier League – no question about that. “The feeling I got when I first came here was that there’s something going on here – we’re looking to the Premier League. I’m looking forward to being part of that trip.Antonsson began his career locally with Unnaryds GolF before joining Halmstads BK, where he was managed by United’s new assistant coach Pep Clotet. After five years with Halmstads, which brought 11 goals from 71 league matches, he made the switch to Kalmar early last year and enjoyed a prolific spell in front of goal. The striker admits, however, that playing English football has always been one of his main ambitions and that there was no hesitation once United came calling. “It feels very good, it’s a dream come true,” he said. “I always dreamed about playing in England and coming to a big club like Leeds is a big dream for me. “I don’t know exactly the time when I first heard about the move but it was pretty early after the season (finished). “From the first moment when Leeds contacted me, it was not a hard decision, especially after I had visited the club and seen how big it is.” Asked about his characteristics as a striker, Antonsson replied: My big strength is that I’m a goalscorer. I have good timing running in behind and I’m pretty fast as well. “That’s a short description of me but I’m also a team player – I work very hard for the team. “I always think that if I work hard, the chances will come. Hopefully it will continue that way in Leeds. “I think it’s going to be little bit harder here than in Sweden, of course. But I know that the manager and the team here have scouted me and know what my strengths are.”They’ve told me that I’m going to fit in perfectly and I think so as well. I think I’m pretty easy to play with for my team-mates.” Asked if he can play as part of a front two, the forward said: “I think so. I like to play up front with someone but I can play by myself as well. “I think you can have a lot of advantages if you play with someone that you connect with. “As I’ve said before, I think I’m pretty easy to play with. I always go on deep runs in behind and I do a lot of running in games.” Prior to making the switch to West Yorkshire, Antonsson’s form in the Allsvenskan had led to suggestions of a call-up to the Swedish national team, something which he still hopes to achieve with United. “I’ve been talking a little bit (to the national team) and my name has come up,” he said. “I was the top scorer in Sweden before I left.”If I continue to score goals then the national team could be the next step. If I can score goals here in Leeds, hopefully that opportunity will open up.”

Tuesday 28th of June Antonsson becomes signing number 1 od 2016/17 We are delighted to announce that a deal has been agreed to make Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson our first signing of the summer, joining from Kalmar FF for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old, who is the Allsvenskan’s top scorer this season after hitting 10 goals from his opening 12 matches, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Elland Road. Antonsson has previously worked under United’s new assistant coach Pep Clotet at Swedish side Halmstads BK, and the highly sought after forward becomes Garry Monk’s first addition to the squad. It feels fantastic to be here,” Antonsson told leedsunited.com shortly after signing his contract. “Ever since Leeds came into the picture, it seemed like the perfect choice. I wanted this move as soon as Leeds contacted me. “Playing in England has been a big dream of mine. Coming to a big club like Leeds is a dream come true and I will work very hard for the team in every game. I will not miss this opportunity.” Antonsson spent five years with homeland outfit Halmstads, netting 11 times in 71 league matches, before making the switch to Kalmar last year and enjoying a prolific run of 22 goals from 40 games. Asked what the United supporters can expect to see from the club’s newest recruit, the striker replied: “First of all, I like to score goals. I’m fast inside the box and my big strength is my timing in the box. “I always try to work very hard for the team – I run a lot of metres – but scoring goals is my main thing.”Head coach Garry Monk added: “It’s great to make that first signing. In terms of how he plays, Marcus is a different striker to what we’ve got already, so that gives us options up front. “He’s done exceptionally well over the last couple of seasons. He scores goals, has great movement and he has the mentality to be able to adapt to this league. “The club has watched a lot of him, I’ve watched a lot of him and I felt he’d be a good fit for Leeds United. “Marcus will come into the group with some really good strikers in the squad already. It will help them and it will give us options to adapt in different games.”