Saint-Etienne manager opens door for Leeds; Forest and Derby close in on targets

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Football League transfer round-up: January 2nd - Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic all involved.

Leeds United have been handed a significant boost by Saint-Etienne leaving the door open for Max Gradel to return to Leeds United.

Christophe Galtier [Saint-Etienne manager] was asked by French newspaper The Daily Progress on his stance regarding the Ivorian winger and reiterated that he was keen to keep him, but would be reluctant to turn down a good offer. 

'Max Gradel has requested that he wants extra game time for the World Cup. He is a player that I account and I don't want to leave.

He went onto comment:

'After proposals and if everyone is a winner, we must sit around a table. I know with Max, the discussions will be healthy. Should he go, he would not be replaced because at that time, it would open the door to other players at the club.'

The ball seems to be very much in Leeds United's court regarding the player, and if they're willing to put up enough of a fight they could land potentially the signing of the window.

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Derby County have been busy in the first day of the window, with the incoming of Leicester City centre back Zak Whitbread and the pending arrival of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

However, it's not just transfer in on the radar at the iPro with Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough confirming interest in his old first choice striker Conor Sammon as reported by Sean Taylor.

Along with Sammon possibly leaving Derby County. Sean Taylor also reported that young right back Kieron Freeman is a target for a return loan to Notts County, but it's unclear how open the Rams are to that deal.

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Elsewhere in the Football League, Burnley are looking to strengthen their promotion push with the signing of Brighton star Ashley Barnes.

 Nottingham Forest are closing in on Hull City striker Matty Fryatt.

And Alan Nixon of The Mirror tweeted that Manchester City striker John Guidetti is the number one target for Wigan Athletic after missing out on Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

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