Tues Sept 27th Bristol City team: Fielding, Little (Moore 52), Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, Freeman, Reid, Pack, Paterson, Tomlin (O’Neil 69), Abraham (Wilbraham 78). Subs: O’Donnell, Golbourne, Brownhill, O’Dowda. United team: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson (Cooper 45), Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez, Dallas (Roofe 68), Sacko, Wood. Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Grimes, Mowatt, Antonsson. Referee: Keith Stroud.  Booked: Pack, Tomlin (Bristol City), Jansson, Dallas, Taylor (United) Att: 19,699 (2,065 United) United’s four-game winning streak was brought to a halt as Marlon Pack’s second-half strike was enough for Bristol City to claim a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night. Pack tucked away the only goal of the game just before the hour mark, calming finishing beyond Rob Green after being slotted into the area by Lee Tomlin, on a night where United had numerous opportunities to take something from the game. It took Garry Monk’s 12 minutes to carve out their first opening, Stuart Dallas lashing across the face of goal after exchanging passes with Pablo Hernandez on the edge of the area, but the visitors soon started to look like a side chasing a fifth straight victory as Hernandez saw his long-range effort blocked by Hordur Magnusson. At the opposite end, the home supporters briefly thought their side had opened the scoring, only to see Lee Tomlin’s effort on the turn brush the side-netting from the edge of the area. Hadi Sacko then carved a glorious opening, cutting the ball back for the arriving Hernandez to drag a low, first-time wide of the far post, before Sacko himself was denied an opener, forcing City ‘keeper Frank Fielding into a sharp save to beat away his strike after skipping away from his marker inside the hosts’ box.


Sakho terrorized Bristol City’s defence but his final ball was terrible all night

Hernandez had an effort blocked after escaping a series of challenges, before City passed up two good chances on the stroke of half-time. First, in-form striker Tammy Abraham skied an effort from close-range after being threaded in by Bobby Reid, before Jamie Paterson forced a stunning reflex save from Rob Green after flicking a cross goalwards from close-range. United defender Pontus Jansson was forced off with a hamstring problem at the break, replaced by Liam Cooper at the heart of defence, before the teams contested a relatively uneventful start to the second period. That was until the 59th minute when Hernandez was bundled off the ball in midfield, opening things up for the hosts and allowing Tomlin to thread Pack into the area to sweep a composed finish into the United net to break the deadlock. United looked to mount a quick response and Sacko was again denied by Fielding after being found by Hernandez; this time the City stopper turning his strike behind with the slightest of finger-tip saves. Sacko raced through again moments later, only to be denied by a superb, last-ditch block from Joe Bryan, before Fielding thwarted Wood from inside the area with another fine save down to his left as United chased an equaliser. Kyle Bartley headed a corner wide in stoppage time, while Reid came close to adding a second for the hosts, but there proved to be no late drama at either end as City clinched the three points. Garry Monk : “Our performance deserved more than what we got tonight – we had the better of the chances by far,” said Monk. “I thought our performance warranted at least a point. “We had the best clear-cut chances but we didn’t always make the right decisions in the final third and that’s where we need to be more clinical. “But we can’t be too disheartened – we have to learn our lessons from this and bounce back quickly. “We’re disappointed with the result but we’re not going to get too down about the performance. “We’re growing all the time – the players are still going and picking up new ideas – and we win and lose together.” Sat 24th of Sept Leeds 1 (Wood 35), IPSWICH 0 United team: Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez (Mowatt 82), Dallas (Grimes 86), Sacko (Roofe 76), Wood. Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Antonsson. Ipswich team: Bialkowski, Chambers, Webster (Emmanuel 56), Berra, Knudsen, Ward (Bru 75), Skuse, Douglas, Lawrence, Sears, Pitman (Best 25). Subs: Gerken, Grant, Kenlock, Dozzell. Referee: Stephen Martin Att: 22,554 (902 Ipswich). Booked: Bru, Berra (Ipswich)


Chris Wood continues his hot streak

Chris Wood’s towering first-half header – his fourth goal in as many matches – saw United make it four consecutive victories as Ipswich Town were beaten 1-0 at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon. Wood guided Charlie Taylor’s 35th-minute cross beyond Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to take his tally to seven for the season and ensure United’s rich vein of form continued with another deserved three points. Garry Monk’s side started the game brightly and only the woodwork denied them an opener after just 10 minutes, Wood striking the far post with a ferocious strike from 20 yards out. At the opposite end, Cole Skuse’s deflected effort almost crept in as it rolled inches wide, but United were looking the more dangerous of the two sides as they probed for an opener – something which duly came 10 minutes before the interval. Some patient build-up play inside the Ipswich half before the ball was worked out to Taylor down the left, allowing the full-back to deliver an inch-perfect cross for Wood to nod home and break the deadlock in front of the South Stand. Wood twice threatened to double his tally on the stroke of half-time before the New Zealand international had the best chance of the second half’s early exchanges, seeing his effort blocked by the onrushing Bialkowski after being slotted into the area by Pablo Hernandez. Hadi Sacko then passed up a glorious opportunity to make it two, firing wide from inside the area after Wood’s initial strike had been blocked into his path, before Bialkowski was at full-stretch to tip over a bending Kalvin Phillips free-kick which looked destined for the top corner. Ipswich attempted to assert some pressure on the United goal in a desperate bid to snatch a late equaliser, but Freddie Sears’ wayward free-kick was as close as they came as the hosts saw the game out to continue their rise up the Championship table. Mick McCarthy : “Leeds deserved the win, no doubt,” he told Ipswich Player HD (via club’s official website). ” “Sometimes you have to give the opposition credit and they played very well. They were better than us all over the pitch. “Chris Wood was excellent. He was outstanding for them. He was lean and mean. When we had him he was nowhere near as fit at as that.”He was the big difference really. They could play it up to him and he could hold it up. He won headers. He dominated our centre-backs and that doesn’t happen often.” Sept 20th LC Leeds 1 (Wood 84), BLACKBURN 0. United team: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Bartley, Taylor, Vieira (Hernandez 58), O’Kane, Phillips, Mowatt (Grimes 82), Roofe, Antonsson (Wood 72). Subs: Green, Ayling, Denton, Dallas. Blackburn: Raya, Lenihan, Lowe, Bennett, Wharton (Nyambe 8), Hendrie, Akpan, Byrne, Feeney, Samuelsen (Mahoney 62), Gallagher (Emnes 62). Subs: Steele, Guthrie, Conway, Marshall. Referee: Darren Deadman Booked: Phillips (United), Akpan, Emnes, Lenihan (Blackburn) Att: 8,488 (463 Blackburn)


Chris Wood came off the bench to settle the tie

Chris Wood stepped off the bench to score the only goal of the game six minutes from time as United secured progression to Round Four of the EFL Cup with a 1-0 victory at home to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening. Wood, a second-half replacement for Marcus Antonsson, steered the ball home from close-range at Elland Road after Pablo Hernandez’s initial strike had been pushed away by David Raya to make it three straight wins for Garry Monk’s side. United made a lively start to proceedings, looking to go on the attack from kick-off, and only a wonder-save from Rovers ‘keeper Raya denied Lewie Coyle from opening his account with a thunderous half-volley inside the opening minute. The visitors soon threatened at the opposite end, though, Liam Feeney brushing the side-netting with a towering header from Elliott Bennett’s back-post cross, before Stephen Hendrie fired wide from the edge of the area. But chances were otherwise at a premium for the majority of the first half, until Marco Silvestri was called into action three minutes before the half-time whistle to keep out Jack Byrne’s goalbound strike with a superb, full-stretch save. Kemar Roofe then dragged wide from range for United as it remained goalless going into the break. Roofe was involved from the off at the start of the second period, curling a low effort wide of the far post within seconds of the restart. A relatively uneventful period followed, with sights of goal scarce for both sides, before Eunan O’Kane’s volley was blocked inside a crowded Rovers penalty area as United began to push forward in search of a way through. Silvestri needed to remain alert at the opposite end, pulling off a crucial double save to keep out efforts from Marvin Emnes and Liam Feeney, before Roofe saw his downwards header from a Coyle cross held by Raya from six yards out. Subsitute Pablo Hernandez then fired over before seeing his free-kick almost creep in at the far post, his delivery evading everyone inside the area, only for Raya to claw it behind. The deadlock was eventually broken on 84 minutes as Wood made it six goals from 10 appearances this season, nodding home from no more than six yards out after Raya’s desperate attempts to keep the ball out. Roofe came close to double the advantage within a matter of seconds, but a full-stretch Raya turned away his curling effort from inside the area, and United’s one-goal lead was enough to seal progression and a place in Wednesday night’s Round Four draw. Sat 17th of Aug CARDIFF 0, Leeds 2 (Wood pen 62, Hernandez 83) Cardiff team: Amos, Peltier, Morrison, Connolly (Guonongbe 84), Richards, Gunnarsson, Ralls (Harris 70), Noone, Whittingham, Pilkington (Immers 89), Lambert. Subs: Wilson, Ecuele Manga, John, Huws. United team: Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Taylor, Vieira, O’Kane, Hernandez (Phillips 89), Dallas (Roofe 71), Sacko, Wood (Antonsson 90+1). Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Mowatt. Referee: Graham Scott. Booked: Sacko, Ayling, Dallas (United) Att: 16,608   Report from LUFC


Chris Wood lead the line well v Cardiff

A Chris Wood penalty and a superb strike from Pablo Hernandez – both coming in the second half – saw United make it back-to-back victories with a 2-0 win away to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon. Wood calmly converted a 62-minute penalty to open the scoring in South Wales after defender Pontus Jansson was shoved over inside the area as a corner was floated in, before Pablo Hernandez wrapped things up with a sublime first goal for the club with seven minutes remaining. Garry Monk was without captain Liam Bridcutt, who missed out with injury, but the result saw his side end a positive week with a result that saw them climb into mid-table. The United defence dealt with some early pressure from the hosts before Stuart Dallas came inches away from opening the scoring on 12 minutes, his curling cross just evading the far post as it flew through the penalty area. Cardiff had the better of the chances during the opening exchanges, though, as Sean Morrison’s back-post header from a corner clipped the woodwork before Green somehow clawed away. At the opposite end, Dallas forced a comfortable low save out of Ben Amos before Hernandez had the Bluebirds ‘keeper at full-stretch to turn behind his powerful strike after seizing upon a loose ball on the edge of the area.


A Pablo Hernandez peach guaranteed all three points for Leeds

United’s best opening came after 32 minutes following a swift breakaway from Hadi Sacko. The winger’s smart backheel found Hernandez, who teed up the arriving Wood in space, only for his first-time effort to be held by Amos. Cardiff were then denied by the post for a second time on the stroke of half-time, this time Aron Gunnarsson striking the woodwork from the edge of the area. Jansson, who was once again imperious at the heart of defence, made an important block from Rickie Lambert’s goal-bound volley during the early stages of the second half, before Wood blazed over from a tight angle for United after being slotted into the area by Eunan O’Kane. Wood was to be on target just after the hour mark, though, taking his tally to five for the season with a composed penalty into the bottom corner which sent Amos the wrong way after referee Graham Scott had spotted a push on Jansson. Cardiff pushed for a quick equaliser but Green was on hand to palm away Morrison’s header, before Matthew Connolly pulled off an impeccably-timed sliding challenge to sweep the ball from the feet of Wood, who looked to race through on goal. Substitute Kemar Roofe, a replacement for Dallas, shot over with a speculative effort from range before Hernandez and Sacko were both denied by Amos as the game entered the final 10 minutes. But there was nothing the Cardiff stopper could do to keep out Hernandez’s strike on 83 minutes, remaining rooted to the spot as the Spaniard fired into the top corner after skipping away from several blue shirts to seal the three points. It looks like we have at last after many years found our commanding centre half in Jansson and his partner Bartley isn’t half bad either. O’Kane in midfield is a creator and young Vieira did well beside him, although Bridcutt will obviously be better when fit. Wood lead the line well and all of this manifested in a very good second half performance. These were two kind fixtures, Blackburn and Cardiff and stiffer opposition will pose us bigger problems, but I like the look of what we potentially can produce. The Sheff Weds and Cardiff results showed us this. Now we have to do it at home. Roofe has yet to show us what he can do and Antonsson who didn’t play is a goalscorer. Ayling looks steady and Berardi is close to a come back and a big player for us. Charlie Taylor has definitely been affected by his on off transfer.  We weren’t at the races in the first half but certainly what I saw in the second half provides me with a lot more hope. Let’s build on that performance. A word of praise for Monk. He quickly diffused his bad interview with Adam Pope with a follow up interview and admitted his mistake and put it behind him. We all make mistakes. Garry Monk : “It’s been a good week”.  “And today was another step forward for us – it was a good, all-round team performance where everybody contributed. “We were clinical when we needed to be and we defended well when we needed to – we looked solid during the spells where Cardiff tried to put us under pressure. I thought we deserved the win today. “Getting back-to-back wins in this league is vitally important and I’m really pleased for the team and the staff who have been excellent in working towards this. We know improvements can still be made but today was a step in the right direction. “Our determination to win it in the second half was what got us the win I thought – you could see that we really wanted it and were trying to make something happen. “I felt it was a penalty for the first goal but I thought a goal was coming anyway – we were on top. “Everyone played their part today. The fans were unbelievable once again – they took control of the stadium and that was all you could hear throughout the game. There’s nothing better than giving them an away day like that.” Tues 13th of Sept Leeds 2 (Wood 65, Bartley 87), BLACKBURN 1 (Emnes 77) United team: Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Taylor, Bridcutt (Phillips 49), O’Kane (Mowatt 83), Hernandez, Dallas, Sacko, Antonsson (Wood 60). Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Doukara. Blackburn team: Steele, Williams, Greer, Hoban (Lenihan 76), Lowe, Evans, Akpan (Feeney 71), Marshall, Conway, Gallagher, Graham (Emnes 61). Subs: Raya, Guthrie, Byrne, Samuelsen. Referee: James Adcock. Booked: Green, Sacko, Ayling (United), Greer, Evans, Marshall (Blackburn) Att: 19,009 (327 Blackburn) Kyle Bartley’s late header – after Chris Wood’s opener had been cancelled out by a Marvin Emnes strike – saw United claim a first home victory of the season against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening. Bartley rose to meet Alex Mowatt’s 87th-minute free-kick to clinch the three points at Elland Road and pull Garry Monk’s side up to 17th in the Sky Bet Championship table. United dominated possession during the first half but clear-cut chances were at a premium for both sides, with Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas both drawing relatively routine saves from Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele, before the latter hammered a first-time strike over on the stroke of half-time with the visitors yet to test Rob Green.


United celebrate their first home win of season

Rovers started the second half brightly, however, Ben Marshall drilling a low effort inches wide within seconds of the restart, before United were dealt a blow as captain Liam Bridcutt was forced off through injury; Kalvin Phillips taking his place in midfield. Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson took turns to threaten for United, before Bartley headed a Pablo Hernandez corner into the ground and over from close-range with one of the better chances of the evening. Wood replaced Antonsson on the hour-mark and had an almost immediate impact, opening the scoring just five minutes after stepping off the bench with a close-range finish following some trickery and a low cross from the right by the lively Sacko. But United were pegged by on 77 minutes as another substitute got on the scoresheet, this time Emnes rifling home a powerful strike after space had opened up for him on the edge of the area. Rovers were buoyed and Rob Green was called into a fine double save to deny the visitors from taking an unlikely lead in the closing stages, but United were able to clinch the win three minutes from time as Bartley towered above his marker to beat Steele in front of the Kop. Garry Monk :I’m very pleased for the fans, their support has been tremendous and they’ve deserved this”, said Monk. “I’m also pleased for the players and the staff, who have worked extremely hard every day since I’ve come into the club. “Tonight we deserved that. Our character, our performance, the way we stuck at it, we played some good football and we deserved it. “We’ve been wanting to get those three points a lot earlier and I felt we should have, maybe in the Birmingham game, but I’m very pleased for them. “The support’s been great through this period, especially here. They’ve turned out in huge numbers and it was very pleasing to give them a performance and a win. “We’ve had a frustrating few games here at Elland Road where we’ve been disappointed, but the character tonight was excellent – that’s what stood out for me. “We also played some good quality football, with good style. Even without the ball I thought we were excellent. “I believe in what I’m doing here. It’s difficult at times because we’ve been frustrated with the start that we’ve had, but I think for the first 70 minutes you saw the style and identity that I want the team to play with, that aggressiveness without the ball and pressing, and then when we had it we played some good football. “Of course we’re going to get better at that. It’s not the finished article”. Sat Sept 10th. Leeds 0-1 Huddersfield Town. Shocking performance from Whites. And Garry Monk’s treatment of BBC’s Adam Pope afterwards was nothing short of disgraceful. Adam Pope represents all Leeds fans by the questions he asks on our behalf. Monk said : ‘I’m not here to answer questions for you (re tactics)’ . Well Garry what the F##K are you here for. I am personally disgusted by this reaction which to me is like giving two fingers to the rest of us especially as we are tactically inept at breaking down a side that was assembled at a fraction of our cost. If he had won fair enough, there could have been a point, but not after that shite! So far this start to the season is worse than The Hock’s who at least was civil to reporters even though he was ridiculed. #lufc http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047fv3z …I expect a win against Blackburn and the manager to talk civilly after the game. If not he should rightly come under pressure after bringing in 11players to the football club at no little cost and keeping Charlie Taylor. We are playing with no passion and no plan. Roofe cost 3M and doesn’t start. Tuesday will be a big  day for the former Swansea man. I hope he comes through it with flying colours. Sept 10th Leeds 0, HUDDERSFIELD 1 (Mooy 55) United team: Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Taylor, Bridcutt, Phillips, Mowatt, Sacko (Roofe 76), Antonsson (Doukara 67), Wood. Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Vieira, Hernandez. Huddersfield team: Ward, Smith, Hudson, Hogg, Schindler, Mooy, Bunn (Hefele 90+8), Lowe, Payne (Palmer 80), Van La Parra, Kachunga (Wells 78). Subs: Coleman, Whitehead, Cranie, Stankovic. Referee: Roger East. Booked: Jansson (United), Mooy, Smith, Bunn, van La Parra, Lowe (Huddersfield) Att: 28,514 (2,721 Huddersfield)


Huddsfield won at a canter

Huddersfield Town claimed the Yorkshire derby spoils after Aaron Mooy’s second-half strike was enough to clinch a 1-0 victory at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon. Mooy’s 55th-minute effort beat Rob Green from range to settle a fixture which failed to live up to its pre-match billing. Chances were scarce throughout and it took both sides the best part of half an hour to really start to threaten, with Alex Mowatt firing well over the Huddersfield bar with a speculative effort from distance, while Mooy’s low attempt rolled past Green’s post at the opposite end after Rajiv van La Parra’s strike was blocked into his path. United’s best opening of the first half came after 38 minutes, Chris Wood glancing wide from Kalvin Phillips’ near-post corner, before Marcus Antonsson had a major penalty appeal waved away on the stroke of half-time after going down under pressure inside the Town area. The Terriers broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the restart, Mooy firing home in front of the South Stand after being allowed time to size up his target from 20 yards out. Chances remained at a premium but United did call goalkeeper Danny Ward into action for the first time as they chased an equaliser, with Mowatt blocked on the turn at the near post after substitute Souleymane Doukara’s deflected cross had squirmed into a dangerous position. Ward was then equal to Chris Wood’s downwards header from a floated Mowatt cross – United’s best chance to take something from the game – while van La Parra looked to catch Green out at the opposite end with a looping effort from 40 yards, but the United ‘keeper back-pedalled to tip over his bar as the game entered eight minutes of stoppage-time. The Elland Road crowd urged United forward in search of a late equaliser, but it proved to be in vain as Huddersfield saw the game out to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.


Monk feeling the pressure

Garry Monk’s verdict : “I thought the game wasn’t the greatest spectacle for a derby – from both sides,” said the United boss. “Both teams cancelled each other out and there wasn’t really much action at either end. “I thought both teams were trying to limit any mistakes and from the one mistake we made – not closing the ball down quick enough – they scored from distance with a strike. “But I don’t think either team did enough to win the game today – it looked like a 0-0 game to me, but unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the result. “It wasn’t through a lack of effort from ourselves – it was just one of those games where both teams cancelled each other out. “You could tell by the atmosphere in the ground that there wasn’t much for both sets of fans to really get their teeth into. “We didn’t get going but I think that was down to the way the two teams were set up – a lot of the game was played in midfield and there wasn’t much goalmouth action. “Both teams had exactly the same amount of shots on target. Unfortunately for us, one of their shots went in and we couldn’t find an equaliser.” – It seems most Leeds fans believe that United boss was watching a different match. Points from first six matches in charge during Cellino’s reign. 1. Brian McDermott (2 Points) 2. Neil Redfearn (1.84 Points) 3. Steve Evans (1.34 Points) 4. Uwe Rosler (1.34 points) 5. Dave Hockaday (0.75 Points) 6. Garry Monk (0.67 Points) 7. Darko Milanic (0.5 Points) Sat Sept 10th No Hard feelings” from Bamba’ The exit of Leeds United’s captain less than 24 hours after the closing of the summer transfer deadline window came as a surprise to many people. He tells his side of the story to the YEP’s Phil Hay. Sol Bamba walked out of Leeds United as a player whose powers of defending were diminishing. But history will remember him as a captain who had the nerve to stick his neck out. The end of the season was traditionally Bamba’s time, for speaking his mind and saying what needed to be said. This season he failed to make it beyond the end of the first month and last Thursday, less than 24 hours after the end of the transfer window, he and Leeds parted company by mutual consent. The initial confusion at finding himself so surplus to requirements gave way to a feeling of relief during time abroad with his family in France. The old rule applied: he could respect a coach who fronted up and spoke to him in black and white.Some would say the writing was on the wall for Bamba when Garry Monk left him out of Leeds’ squad at Nottingham Forest before the international break, effectively categorising the 31-year-old as the fourth choice in a group of four centre-backs. “I never went knocking on his door or asking questions,” Bamba said. “I never took my place for granted, even as captain.”To me the captaincy isn’t a guarantee of playing. If a manager doesn’t think I deserve to be in the team then I always respect that opinion. It’s fine. But I can’t lie – I thought Forest was a wake-up call for me. I thought it was the manager saying ‘if you don’t play better you’ll be out of the squad’. “After that game he spoke to me and he was very honest. He said it would be best if I moved on. There and then it was a surprise. It wasn’t what I expected when the season started.” In the days that followed, Bamba began to see the situation differently. He had less than a year on his contract at Elland Road and did not like the thought of months spent twiddling his thumbs. Leeds said at first that he was leaving for personal reasons but Monk offered more clarity on Thursday by saying that an out-of-favour Bamba would not have benefitted anyone. “It wouldn’t be a healthy situation,” Monk admitted. Bamba confirmed that the decision was Monk’s but said he was grateful for his honesty. I’m much closer to the end of my career than the start of it so the worst thing for me would be to sit around at a club, thinking I’m going to play when the manager has no intention of playing me. I’ve no problem with Garry at all and I respect him for being open about it.”Let’s be fair, if I’m not going to play then it’s better for me to leave. I’m not into sitting about just because I’ve got a contract. Some managers would leave you doing nothing without an explanation but he’s a really good guy. There was no personal issue between us, none at all.” Bamba lost his place after United’s first three league games returned one point and that courtesy of an overhead kick from Chris Wood at the very end of a 1-1 draw with Fulham. Criticism of his performances was audible and Bamba did not disagree with it. “I think anyone watching me knew I wasn’t close to the level I can play at at my best,” he said. “I wasn’t happy with my performances. They weren’t good enough.”But it was early in the season and I felt confident I’d improve with more games. I was ready to fight and I knew in the summer that we’d have four centre-backs here. The manager told me he wanted to sign two more.


Sol Bamba bears no “hard feelings” against Garry Monk

“But everything comes to an end and when it came to me agreeing to go, no-one got in the way of anything and no-one was difficult. It was all handled properly.” Bamba did not see the length of Massimo Cellino’s time as owner of the club, joining on an initial loan from Palermo eight months after Cellino bought a majority stake in Leeds, but he saw the breadth of it: the ownership bans, the controversy, the disputes which went to the heart of United’s dressing room, particularly in the 2014-15 season.Bamba was moved to speak candidly at the end of that season, criticising Cellino’s management of the club and the uncertain atmosphere which the squad were playing in. Those comments were largely repeated a year later when, as Steve Evans clung to the head coach’s job with his fingernails, Bamba bemoaned a lack of organisation which saw Leeds’ players depart for the summer without a start date for pre-season.On the second occasion he was under contract and protected by that deal but first time around, at the end of his loan, a permanent transfer from Palermo was at stake. Cellino agreed to sign him regardless of Bamba’s outspoken interview.”Without taking things too far, I felt it was part of my job to speak honestly,” Bamba said. “The lads were dying for me to say something because none of us were happy about how things were. “I spoke out for them and I spoke out for myself. I thought ‘if I don’t say something, who will?’”It wasn’t me trying to cause trouble. I just don’t like it when things aren’t right and sometimes that message needs to come from people on the inside, people like me. I tried to do it with as much diplomacy as possible but I was always going to speak my mind. That’s just me.” One of the biggest controversies in Bamba’s first season at Leeds was the late withdrawal of six players through injury before a 2-1 defeat away at Charlton Athletic in April 2015. Doubt was cast over the severity of those injuries and the spate of absences was widely seen as an attempt by the foreign contingent to undermine United’s then head coach, Neil Redfearn. Leeds defended the six bitterly and Bamba, who played in that game, also believes the group were hard done to. At first all I knew was that we’d got on the bus and they weren’t travelling,” he said. “I had no idea what the truth was. Afterwards, I tried to go deeper into it because I wanted to know if they were lying.”I spoke to them personally and they were adamant that they were injured. I spoke to Harvey (Sharman, United’s former head physiotherapist) and he said they genuinely had injuries. Maybe other players would have played through them but that wasn’t really the point. I had a really good relationship with Harvey and he wouldn’t lie to me. If they were faking it then he’d have told me.” In 18 months, Bamba played under four different coaches. In Monk he says Leeds have acquired someone who can “do really good things for the club if the owner gives him the time”. Bamba was once a Leicester City player and says that four years on from his exit, the continuity of that club is still apparent; a lesson for Leeds in the pursuit of promotion.“It’s a bit of cliche to use Leicester as an example but there are plenty of people there who I worked with and still speak to,” he said. “Yeah, there have been plenty of changes too, people coming and going like every club, but I still recognise a lot of the structure there.”At Leeds there hasn’t been the same continuity. It’s a problem and it becomes difficult for everyone. Results haven’t always been great either, I know that, and as players you have to hold your hands up. But when people say ‘get it right on the pitch and the other stuff will take care of itself’, I don’t really agree. They both need to be right or it won’t work. You’ve seen that at Leeds.”What I would say is that I think the club’s direction is better now that it’s been before. To me that’s down to the manager they’ve appointed. He’s played the game before at a high level so he’s easy to respect. He never puts on coaching sessions where you’re thinking ‘what’s the point in this?’ Everything is explained, everything has a reason. He’ll do really good things if the owner gives him the time.”Every time a coach goes, things change. Staff change, players change, everything. I’m always happy to fight for my place but sometimes it feels like you’re starting afresh every two minutes. At the end of the day though, I’ve loved these 18 months. I’m not going to have a go at anyone. Leeds are probably the best club I’ll play for.” Bamba already has options in England and options abroad and is taking a few weeks to consider his next move. The squad he leaves behind, 21st in the Championship ahead of today’s derby with Huddersfield Town, is one he thinks can make the play-offs this season, despite a poor start.”The quality’s not really come through yet,” he said. “What I’ve seen of the team (in training) is much better than what you saw last month. So 100 per cent I think the play-offs are possible. It just needs performances like we got at Sheffield Wednesday.”It’s sad not to be part of it anymore but the manager made it clear that I wasn’t going to be part of it anyway and I’m grateful for being told that and told early on. We can all move on with no hard feelings. That’s how you want it to be.” Sept 8th Cellino takes full control at Leeds Gulf Finance House’s controversial involvement at Leeds United dramatically ended tonight as Massimo Cellino assumed 100 per cent control of the Elland Road club. United’s chairman has finalised a deal to buy out GFH’s minority stake, giving him and his UK firm, Eleonora Sport Ltd, complete ownership of Leeds for the first time.Cellino acquired a 75 per cent shareholding in United from GFH – the Bahraini investment bank which bought Leeds in 2012 – in April 2014 and gradually increased his equity to more than 80 per cent. An announcement from the club this evening confirmed that GFH no longer holds any shares in the club. window. The bank is still owed around £17m by Leeds, a debt left over from its time in charge, and Leeds issued a debenture earlier this week guaranteeing the repayment of that liability.GFH’s stake in United was held by GFH Capital, a subsidiary based in Dubai which was originally used to front its takeover from Ken Bates.In a short statement, Leeds said: The club is delighted to confirm that Leeds United Football Club is now 100 per cent owned by Eleonora Sport Limited, it having purchased all of the shares previously held by GFH Capital.”GFH’s departure from the boardroom will fuel speculation of an impending takeover at Elland Road following recent talks between Cellino and Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani. Radrizzani, who founded the global media firm MP & Silva and has strong business links to China, is understood to be interested in buying a majority of Eleonora Sport’s shares in a deal which would see Cellino stay on as a minority stakeholder.Cellino is believed to want at least a 15 per cent share as part of any agreement which ends his reign as majority stakeholder.Radrizzani was recently reported to be backed by Baofeng, a Chinese technology firm which earlier this summer appointed him as chairman of a related company, Baofeng Sport International.Radrizzani, who attended Leeds’ pre-season friendly against Atalanta and their league game at Queens Park Rangers as a guest of Cellino’s, told the YEP last month that there was “nothing concrete” agreed and said he and United’s chairman had held a “simple conversation to understand the club better.” The original share purchase agreement (SPA) negotiated between Cellino and GFH in 2014 denied Cellino the outright freedom to sell shares as he wished but his acquisition of a 100 per cent stake in Leeds effectively clears the way for a more straightforward change of ownership.The YEP, however, understands that one party unconnected to Radrizzani has been told by members of Cellino’s legal team that he has no desire to relinquish control of Leeds.GFH endured a contentious spell in charge at Elland Road of United, resulting in Cellino’s £11m takeover two-and-a-half years ago, and its continued involvement at boardroom level was highly unpopular.Cellino blamed the bank for obstructing his progress and said GFH’s reluctance to invest funds as a minority shareholder was a reason behind his failure to repurchase United’s rented stadium, a ground the club have leased for 12 years.As part of his takeover, Cellino agreed to assume debts of more than £20m owed to GFH and the Italian later negotiated a payment scheme which could see GFH draw money from the club until 2032. According Leeds’ most recent accounts, GFH was owed £17m as of June 30, 2015. Fri Sept 9th Bridcutt new captain of Leeds New Leeds United captain Liam Bridcutt has expressed his delight at becoming the new captain at Elland Road. The Scotland international replaces former centre back Sol Bamba who left the club by mutual consent last week. It’s a real honour, the manager has shown great faith in me by giving me the captaincy.” The former Sunderland and Brighton midfielder has made 29 appearances since initially moving to Elland Road on loan from Sunderland in November 2015. window._He also went on to make his first appearance for Scotland for three years when he featured for Gordon Strachan’s side in their 1-0 home win against Denmark.Bridcutt eventually moved to the Whites permanently last month, signing a two-year deal which will keep him at Leeds until the end of the 2017-18 season.Despite the increased pressure put upon him by becoming captain, the new skipper believes that it will bring the best out of himHe said: “It puts a little bit more pressure on me but that’s something I like”.  Sept 7th Harte rates O’Kane as a shreed signing for Leeds Former Leeds favourite Ian Harte believes United fans will understand just why Garry Monk signed Eunan O’Kane – sooner rather than later. Phil Hay reports. Jack Wilshere’s loan to Bournemouth was a break in tradition for the club who signed him. Bournemouth’s celebrated rise through the Football League did not rely on big names, much as it relied on money. Ian Harte was as big a name as any when he moved to Dean Court at the age of 35.In that environment, the headlines created by a progressive club rarely shone on Eunan O’Kane but Harte saw Leeds United’s new recruit as a valuable cog in the machine built by Eddie Howe; a classic example of an unsung footballer. Harte thinks O’Kane will be a “top signing” for Leeds, regardless of the number of central midfielders already on the books at Elland Road. Leeds are overloaded in that position, though not intentionally. As O’Kane arrived on a two-year deal from Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, Leeds hoped to address an imbalance in their squad by finding new clubs for Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga. The deadline passed without either player moving on. O’Kane will train with them and United’s other players for the first time this week after a spell of international duty with the Republic of Ireland, in line for a possible debut in Saturday’s derby against Huddersfield Town. Harte, the former Leeds left-back, believes O’Kane’s success at Elland Road is dependant on Leeds’ style of play and a commitment to the fluid football which Howe promoted at Bournemouth and Garry Monk stuck to in his previous role as Swansea City manager.Eunan’s a very clever player,” Harte said. We weren’t a team of big names at Bournemouth and a lot of the attention was on Callum Wilson, Harry Arter, guys like that, but Eunan was very consistent – seven out of 10, eight out of 10, that sort of level every time. People appreciated the work he did.”He’s great with the ball at his feet and if you play to his strengths he’ll break from midfield and look to slide balls into the strikers. That’s what he’s good at. To get the best out of him you’ve got to have possession and you’ve got to get the ball on the ground. If you go long ball or rely on too many diagonals it won’t do much for him.”It was always pure football at Bournemouth, with the centre-halves playing the ball out. I know that Garry (Monk) had Swansea playing a similar way when he was there so this should be a really good move for Eunan. I think it’s a great signing.” A central midfielder was one of two priorities for Monk on deadline day, alongside the acquisition of another striker. Leeds failed to land a forward, despite tracking West Ham United’s Ashley Fletcher and trying to sign Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo on loan, but O’Kane ticked a box which Monk was anxious to deal with. Wilshere’s sudden arrival at Dean Court from Arsenal opened the way to a deal which Leeds originally expected to be priced out of.Monk has no fewer than eight players who could be classed as central midfielders, among them Liam Bridcutt, who signed from Sunderland last month. Harte, who has worked as an agent since his retirement last year and represents Leeds’ defender Tyler Denton, said the bid for O’Kane made sense regardless. “When you sign players, what you’re trying to do is sign better players than you’ve already got,” Harte said. “To me, Eunan improves that team. Okay, he didn’t play as many times as he wanted last season but he’s still played in the Premier League and he’s proven in the Championship.”I was a young player at Leeds once and I’m all for bringing the kids through but you’ve got to have experience and you’ve got to have balance. We had that at Bournemouth and also at Reading when we won the Championship title (in 2012). Technically, that Reading team probably wasn’t the best team in the Championship but we kept Southampton and West Ham behind us by going on an incredible run. Experience in the dressing room counts at the right time. “You know how it feels to be under pressure and you know that winning anything comes down to the whole squad. You need players to understand that and to be supportive, whether they’re starting games or not.”Leeds have got some great kids and of course they’ll want to play week in, week out but at the end of the day, football’s about results and winning games. Garry needs that bit of experience to help get them on a run. Eunan and Bridcutt together looks like a really strong partnership. Eunan will get forward as much as he can and I’d expect to see Bridcutt sit and give him the freedom to push on. It should tighten things up in there.” O’Kane made more than 100 league appearances for Bournemouth and, despite his peripheral role last season, played 16 times in the Premier League.Howe said he had agreed to sell O’Kane to Leeds to ensure that his “career doesn’t stagnate”. Howe added: Eunan’s been a massive part of our recent success. He’s always shown a great attitude. He’s never moaned or been a disruptive influence when he has been out of the team. The decision has been made for the benefit of Eunan’s career.”Harte described O’Kane as a “quiet lad” who let his football speak for him at Bournemouth. “In every dressing room you get characters and quiet lads and he’s a quieter one,” Harte said. “But he’s a really good footballer and you’ll see that from him soon enough. It’s easy to understand why Garry wanted him.” Sat Sep 8th Kyle Bartley toughened by derby battles DERBY games are nothing new to Kyle Bartley. As a teenager, the Stockport-born defender played in perhaps the most ferocious of all, Glasgow’s ‘Old Firm’ clash, when on loan at Rangers from Arsenal. Bartley was back at Ibrox the following season for another taste of British football’s most bitter encounter so today’s all-West Yorkshire affair against Huddersfield Town is unlikely to faze a defender whose parent club also has a derby fixture where the rivalry between supporters can border on hatred. ‘We have no reason to feel pressure’ – “Derby games do matter massively,” said the 25-year-old Swansea City defender when speaking to The Yorkshire Post. “Everyone knows it is an important match and the fans want the local bragging rights, they are desperate to see us win. The players understand that but we also have to take the emotion out of it. There are three points up for grabs, just as is the case in every other league match. You have to remember that because if emotions come into it then it can affect you.”Keeping a cool head amid a fast and ferocious ‘Old Firm’ game must be easier said than done, the build-up to today’s first league encounter between the two clubs since Rangers folded amid ruinous financial problems in 2012 has underlined just how much the game means on both sides of Glasgow’s divide.”Playing in the Rangers-Celtic game was absolutely massive,” added Bartley, who finished on the losing side at Parkhead four times when sporting the colours of Rangers. “The fans are so passionate about their football up there. It means so much to both sides and it was a fantastic experience to be part of a game like that, even though we lost. “Games like that stand you in good stead as a player. It was the same with my debut for Arsenal, away at Olympiacos in the Champions League. “Funnily enough, that debut for Arsenal came after Sheffield United had made an approach about me. The manager (Arsene Wenger) at Arsenal rejected it because he said he needed me and playing in Greece was very special.”I could barely hear a thing on the pitch, there was so much noise. The atmosphere was brilliant, and even though we lost 1-0 that was a great moment for me.”The thing with the Glasgow derby is it is all people speak about in the week before the game. The papers also run pages and pages of coverage, it is absolutely huge. It showed how much the derby matters” Sept 2nd. Club captain Bamba leaves CLUB captain Sol Bamba has left Leeds United due to personal reasons by mutual consent. The 31-year-old had fallen down the United pecking order at centre-back and failed to make the United match-day 18 for last Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Nottingham The Whites were willing to listen to any potential interest in the defender on transfer deadline day but Wednesday night’s 11pm deadline passed with Bamba still at the club. And now the defender’s shock departure has left Leeds with only three recognised centre-backs in Liam Cooper, Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jannson with the latter duo on loan respectively from Swansea City and Torino. window._After the closure of FIFA’s summer transfer window, clubs are now forbidden from undertaking any regular transfer activity until the new window opens in January.The only exception is in signing free agents but there is no emergency loan window as in previous years.Luke Ayling, signed from Bristol City in the summer, has previously played at centre-back but the 25-year-old is naturally a right back.Giuseppe Bellusci, United’s other centre-back option, is on a season-long loan at Italian Serie A club Empoli. Bamba, who was under contract at Elland Road until next summer, leaves after making 56 appearances in all competitions for Leeds after arriving from Italian outfit Palermo in January 2015, initially on loan.A United club statement read: “The club would like to thank Sol for his contribution throughout his time here and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”Leeds have been continually hindered by defensive problems over the past few seasons but back to back clean sheets in the 2-0 Championship win at Sheffield Wednesday which was followed by a 1-0 EFL Cup success at Luton Town raised hopes that United were becoming more solid at the back.But the Whites again conceded three sloppy goals in last Saturday’s 3-1 Championship loss at Nottingham Forest in which Cooper and Bartley started at centre-back. Six-foot-five Swedish international Jansson, signed on loan Torino, was an unused substitute and has since left for international duty.His country face their first World Cup Qualifier at home to the Netherlands next Tuesday evening, four days before United return to Championship action at home to current surprise-package leaders Huddersfield Town.Ivory Coast international Bamba was frequently kept out of the side by Cooper and Bellusci under former Whites head coach Steve Evans last season but retained the club captaincy throughout.Evans’ replacement, current Whites head coach Garry Monk, then revealed that the Parisian would retain the club captaincy this season, despite doubts over whether he would start in light of the acquisition of Bartley, and now Jansson.Monk said at the beginning of August: “Sol is obviously captain from last season and I think he does very well with that role so I see no reason to change it. Sept 1st Deadline day and offer for Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo LEEDS UNITED completed their 11th signing of the summer tonight as Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane joined on a two-year-deal from AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee, shortly before the close of play on transfer deadline day. Want-away left-back Charlie Taylor also remained at Elland Road but the club’s search for a new striking option ended in frustration. The Whites are believed to have contacted Arsenal about taking French striker Yaya Sanogo on loan but were told by boss Arsene Wenger that the forward was staying with the Gunners. Leeds were linked with a move for 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international O’Kane earlier this summer and returned with a new bid for the midfielder as the hours ticked down towards tonight’s transfer deadline. window United landed their man on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee shortly before 8pm but the quest to sign another striker ended in disappointment as the clock headed towards last night’s 11pm deadline.Clubs are now forbidden from taking part in any regular transfer activity until the opening of the January transfer window, other than being able to sign free agents. United were also looking to off-load out-of-favour midfielders Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy but both players will now stay with the Whites until at least the January transfer window.Leeds were also ready to listen of any interest in club captain Sol Bamba who seems to be fourth choice centre-back but Bamba will also remain at Elland Road. Sept 1st Transfersi in and out summarised TEN IN, 10 out, before Eunan O’Kane made it 11 new recruits last night. The arrival of a deadline day striker might just have made it a happy dozen.But time will now tell if chairman Massimo Cellino has overseen a summer recruitment of quality as well as quantity and not just the latter. There was a distinct feeling from the aftermath of last season’s final-day draw at Preston North End that United would be playing catch-up for the following campaign. As the crowds departed Deepdale on Saturday, May 7, Whites captain Sol Bamba made the startling admission that United’s players had no idea when they were would be returning to pre-season training, or under whom as head coach.”We are just going to go away on holiday and receive a text to let us know when we need to come back and who is going to be the manager,” revealed Bamba.The club’s retained list was announced well before any confirmation of who would be the club’s head coach, with striker Mirco Antenucci and centre-back Scott Wootton confirmed as the two main names to be leaving Leeds on May 20.Finally, 11 days later, United parted ways with head coach Steve Evans and assistant Paul Raynor on May 31. The hunt for Massimo Cellino’s seventh head coach at Leeds was on – and just two days later the void was filled by Garry Monk whose first task was to implement his backroom staff.Assistant Pep Clotet was brought in on June 13 and it was eight days later, on June 21, that United finally made their first summer signing when striker Marcus Antonsson joined on a three-year-deal from Kalmar for a fee rising to £2m. It took another 10 days for Leeds to complete their second signing of the summer when centre-back Kyle Bartley joined on a season-long deal from Swansea City on July 1, the same day that centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci joined Empoli on a season-long loan. No qualms from supporters with that swap, or the departure of Tommaso Bianchi to Ascoli the day before.The club then sealed their third signing four days later when winger Hadi Sacko also joined on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon on July 5, the day after Casper Sloth had left for AaB. Three signings quickly became four the very next day when England international goalkeeper Rob Green joined on a 12-month deal on July 6 after leaving QPR in May. And a hectic week saw another development within the same 24 hours when Matt Grimes became the club’s fifth signing of the summer and the club’s third loan capture, joining Bartley on a season-long loan deal from Swansea.United then took their splurge to five signings within one week when Kemar Roofe joined from Oxford United for £3m on July 7. But fans were then dealt a hammer blow the very next day when star midfielder Lewis Cook joined Bournemouth for an initial £6m, rising to £10m.Lee Erwin left for Oldham Athletic on a season-long loan the next day, but the departure of homegrown Cook – the latest gem to leave United – left a bitter taste. After the departure of young keeper Eric Grimes to Cork City on July 29, United’s faithful then had to wait until August 2 to seal summer signing no 7, but the arrival of Pablo Hernandez on a six-month loan from Qatari side Al-Arabi caused arguably the most excitement yet.It was seen as a bitter bow that Hernandez failed to receive his international clearance in time for the following Sunday’s season opener at QPR, but a tame 3-0 loss suggested United needed much more than the introduction of Hernandez.Hernandez’s paperwork then went through in time for the midfielder to make his debut in the following Tuesday night’s EFL Cup clash at Fleetwood Town, which United scraped through on penalties. And another debutant was in the team come Saturday’s hosting of Birmingham City with United announcing the capture of right-back Luke Ayling from Bristol City on August 11, the same day that Jordan Botaka joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.Ayling was probably United’s best player in the Blues clash but Leeds still crashed to a 2-1 home defeat. Eight summer signings were in the door, but Leeds had zero points from two games with two and half a weeks until the closure of the transfer window.By now, United’s important pursuit of Sunderland defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt was becoming the saga of the summer as the two clubs continually failed to reach an agreement. Finally, though, Bridcutt signed on the dotted line on August 16, becoming summer recruit no 9 and signing a two-year contract on the day that United hosted Fulham but too late to play as United sealed their first point of the season through a 1-1 draw.Bridcutt then made his debut in the following Saturday’s clash at Sheffield Wednesday and his impact was immediate as United got up and running with a 2-0 victory.By that point, the Whites had taken their summer recruitment drive to 10 having snapped up six-foot-five centre-back Pontus Jansson on a season-long loan from Torino two days before – on August 18 – the same day that young midfielder Alex Purver was sent to Guiseley on loan.Jansson then made a solid debut in the 1-0 EFL Cup success at Luton Town the following Tuesday before being demoted to the bench for Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.After a tame 3-1 loss at the City Ground, he might find himself back in the team sooner than expected.Such was the concern surrounding United’s defeat in Nottingham, there was a distinct feeling that Leeds needed strengthening in all areas approaching transfer deadline day. Monk was critical of his side’s profligacy in front of goal and Cellino was known to be chasing a striker.The Whites were keen on signing 20-year-old West Ham United forward Ashley Fletcher but that move never looked likely after the youngster played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s Premier Division clash at Manchester City. The former Manchester United attacker is evidently an immediate part of the London club’s plans. Leeds were then thought to have enquired about taking Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan but whoever United were chasing, a signature proved evasive.At the other end of the pitch, three cheaply conceded goals at the City Ground yelled a need for defensive reinforcements and the Whites were ready to listen to any interest in club captain Sol Bamba after the centre-back failed to make the match-day 18 at Forest.But Monk had always been keen to sign another midfielder and that wish was granted just over three hours before yesterday’s 11pm transfer deadline.United were surprisingly linked with Luton Town youngster Pelly Ruddock on Tuesday but the Hatters insisted the 23-year-old was not for sale.In any case, Leeds then raided a Premier League cupboard with a move for Bournemouth’s Republic Of Ireland international O’Kane completed last night, as the 26-year-old joined on a two-year deal.Two out-of-favour midfielders, Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga, initially looked like heading out of Elland Road but both remained at LS11 an hour or so before last night’s deadline. And following 11 summer recruits, United’s first XI is now unrecognisbale to the team that lined up at Preston in May – Marco Silvestri, Lewie Coyle, Charlie Taylor, Liam Cooper, Sol Bamba, Stuart Dallas, Luke Murphy, Toumani Diagouraga, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Chris Wood. Only one of that starting XI has moved on, the jewel in the crown, Cook. Nevertheless, United’s starting XI will look vastly different against Huddersfield Town a week on Saturday.A line-up of Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Hernandez, Bridcutt, O’Kane, Sacko, Antonsson and Wood perhaps. Nine changes to the team that finished off last season at Preston. Time will tell if it is significantly better. At least there was no need to pursue Bryan Verboom. INS Kemar Roofe (Oxford Utd, undisclosed, approx £3m)Marcus Antonsson (Kalmar FF, undisclosed, approx £2m)Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland, undisclosed, approx £1.5m) EUNAN O’KANE (Bournemouth, undsclosed)Luke Ayling (Bristol City, undisclosed, approx £750,000)Robert Green (QPR, free)Hadi Sacko (Sporting Lisbon, season loan)Kyle Bartley (Swansea City, season loan)Pontus Jansson (Torino, season loan)Pablo Hernandez (Al-Arabi, 6-month loan)Matt Grimes (Swansea City, season loan)OUTSLewis Cook (Bournemouth, undisclosed, approx £6m, rising to £10m)Mirco Antenucci (SPAL, released)Guiseppe Bellusci (Empoli, season loan)Scott Wootton (MK Dons, free)Lee Erwin (Oldham, loan)Jordan Botaka (Charlton Athletic, season loan)Tommaso Bianchi (Ascoli, undisclosed)Casper Sloth (AaB, undisclosed)Eric Grimes (Cork City, released)Alex Purver (Guiseley, 6-month loan).