We bring you the latest news from Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Rotherham United
1) Ross McCormack tells Leeds he wants to leave
Leeds United’s star man, Ross McCormack, has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave.
McCormack has been the subject of interest from a range of clubs, including the likes of Newcastle United in the Premier League and it appears that his head has been turned.
The striker finished last season as the top-scorer in the Championship, despite Leeds’ poor form, and originally stated that he wanted to guide the Whites back to the Premier League, but it seems that he has had a change of heart.
David Hockaday was coy in the subject when interviewed this morning, but has previously stated his excitement about working with McCormack, and he did say he expects the 27-year-old to travel with Leeds to their pre-season camp in Italy on Monday.
#lufc Hockaday on McCormack:"I can't reveal the list but I'm expecting Ross to be on the coach Monday morning to go to airport to Italy."— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) June 28, 2014
Leeds also refused to comment on the current situation regarding McCormack.
Tried contacting club and they are not commenting on McCormack story. #lufc— leon wobschall (@LeonWobYP) June 28, 2014
2) Nicola Salerno wants Leeds back in the Premier League within three years
Nicola Salerno, says that he intends to have Leeds United playing top flight football within three years.
Salerno, who is widely expected to be confirmed as Leeds United sporting director in the near future, also revealed that he wants to get to the top-flight using British players as the core of the squad, with a number of Italians already linked with a move to Yorkshire.
“The Plan is to consolidate the club and in two, maximum three years, and take them into the Premier League,” he said to the Italian media.
'l'll bring some young Italian at Leeds but not many because it is right that the team is formed by the British.
He also confirmed Leeds’ desire to buy Siena defender Fabrizio Grillo, commenting: “Yes, he is a player that I respect and that could interest us.”
3) Roger Johnson of interest to Sheffield Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers defender, Roger Johnson, could be set for a return to Sheffield Wednesday, the Express and Star has revealed.
Johnson spent part of last season on loan at Wednesday, and it appears that Stuart Gray is now keen to make the move a permanent one.
Kenny Jackett has confirmed that Johnson has no future at Molinuex today, but as of yet the Owls are yet to make a formal offer for the centre-back.
4) Lyle Taylor could leave Sheffield United
Lyle Taylor’s stay at Sheffield United is set to be a brief one, with Scunthorpe United reportedly close to announcing him as their third summer signing.
Taylor joined Blades at the start of last season, but failed to hold down a regularly starting place up-front and has been put up for sale by manager Nigel Clough, as he is not in his future plans.
He has now interested the newly promoted League One side, who are hoping to add to their striking ranks for the new season and a deal could be finalised in the near future.
5) Steve Evans delighted by Frazier Richardson signing
Rotherham United’s capture of Frazier Richardson has delighted manager Steve Evans.
Evans confirmed that the Millers had been looking to sign Richardson for a considerable amount of time and he is excited that he will be able to link up with one of his long-term targets this season.
“It goes without saying that it’s excellent to capture a lad like this who has had a number of offers from Championship clubs,” the boisterous manager said to the Sheffield Star.
“The lad has a fantastic professionalism about him. He’s a top-quality addition who can play at right-back or on the right-hand side of midfield, or even at the centre of defence if needed.”