Yorkshire latest: Leeds given boost in striker hunt; Rotherham to break transfer-record

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We bring you all the biggest news involving the clubs in Yorkshire that has broken in the last 24 hours.

1) David Hockaday ‘knows what the Leeds fans want’

New Leeds United head coach David Hocakday believes he knows what the supporters will demand from him and his team, after taking charge yesterday.

The appointment of Hockaday has been greeted by derision by most Leeds supporters, with his lack of experience being a particular concern.

The 56-year-old has only managed at non-league level, with Forest Green Rovers, and this is a major step up for him.

However, Hockaday believes he will be a success at Leeds and has outlined his plan to ensure he does prove that the supporters not in favour of his appointment are proven wrong.

“Nobody gives you respect,” Hockaday said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “If I’m a big name or a little name, I have to earn respect. So I’ll earn (the players’) respect and they’ll have to earn mine. It’s a mutual thing.

“I came to Leeds as a player and an opponent and it was a horrible place to play, a tough place. I know the Leeds fans want hard work, honesty, passion and hunger. That’s my job and that’s what I’ll give them.”

2) Leeds in battle with Aston Villa for Jefferson

Leeds United’s hopes of signing Brazilian forward Jefferson have been boosted with the news that he wants to leave his current club Latina.

Reports in the Italian media suggest that Jefferson would have been happy to stay in Italy if Latina had been promoted from Serie B last season, but their failure to do so means that he has now opted to move away.

Jefferson’s contract at Latina expires this summer and he will not sign a new deal, allowing him to become a free-agent.

That will alert Leeds, who have been interested in bringing the forward to the club for some time now, but face competition from Aston Villa if they are to do so.

3) Mark Robins won’t be rushed into signings

It has been a quiet summer at Huddersfield Town so far, but Mark Robins insists that he will not panic buy.

Robins is thought to be on the hunt for a midfielder and a defender as he looks to bolster his squad for the upcoming season, but he will not be rushed into making any purchases.

“The market in general has been quiet, with a lot of people going away on holiday and many players coming to the end of their current contracts,” he said to the Examiner.

“We have done a lot of work on the recruitment side, and I’m confident things will start to fall into pace.

“But we will continue to be methodical in our approach, and with a budget to work to, it’s obviously important we get the right people on the right terms.

4) Rotherham to break transfer record again

Rotherham United have already been particularly active in this summer’s transfer-window, but their spending does not appear to have slowed down.

Chairman, Tony Stewart, today revealed that the club will break their transfer record again as they look to build a squad capable of competing in the Championship, following promotion last season.

“Rotherham could be breaking their transfer record again if one of the bids already made is accepted,” Stewart said to the Sheffield Star.

“There are bids in for more players. We’ve acted soon.”

The Millers have already spent an unprecedented amount of money on one player during this summer – signing Jordan Bowery from Aston Villa, but look intent on adding more quality to the squad in the near future.

5) Sheffield United want Kieron Freeman

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is keen to bring Kieron Freeman back to the club this summer.

The Derby defender spent the backend of last season on loan at Bramall Lane, but Clough is now hoping to bring him in on a permanent basis, according to Sky Sports.

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