Millwall set to beat Leeds United to signing of Yeovil star

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Leeds’ hopes of landing Yeovil Town defender Byron Webster have been dented following reports that the player is close to signing for Millwall.

Massimo Cellino’s overhaul of the current Leeds United squad has suffered something of a setback after it was reported that transfer target Byron Webster was close to agreeing a deal with Championship rivals Millwall.

The Whites are one of a number of clubs keen on recruiting the 27-year-old defender, who made 37 appearances in the English second-tier for the south west club.

Leeds looked all set to duke it out with Ipswich Town to bring the player in this summer, but both teams now look set to miss out, with the Western Gazette reporting that the former Northampton Town man could now be close to a Millwall move.

According to the news provider, the player met with Lions manager Ian Holloway to discuss a deal that would see the player remain in the Championship with the Londoners.

But Webster hasn’t completely ruled out staying with his League One employers Yeovil, as Gary Johnson looks to guide his team to an immediate return to the English second-tier.

A move to Leeds, however, looks unlikely with Webster appearing to favour a move to the capital or no transfer at all.

However any concerns over the failure to recruit the Yeovil Town man could be tempered by developments surrounding Cagliari star Davide Astori.

Reports emerged yesterday revealing that Cellino had reportedly launched a £4 million bid to bring the former Manchester United target to Elland Road.

Though something of an outside shot, it is hoped that the Italian’s pre-existing relationship with Cagliari – the club he once owned – could help the deal go through.

Leeds, meanwhile, face something of a difficult summer, as they look to rebuff any interest in star striker Ross McCormack, who is already being linked with a Premier League move following his most prolific league season to date.

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