We bring you the latest news from Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Barnsley and Sheffield United
1) Leeds close to ‘two or three’ signings
Leeds United are closing in on the signings of ‘two or three’ new players, according to David Hockaday.
The new Leeds head-coach is known to be on the look-out for additions, with the club expected to be very active in the upcoming transfer window and their first bit of movement could be imminent.
In terms of names, Marco Silvestre has been confirmed as a player that the club are interested in signing, and he could make a permanent move to Elland Road shortly, whilst Andre Blackman is on the plane to Leeds’ pre-season training camp in Italy.
#lufc Former Celtic left back Andre Blackman is beleived to be in the squad heading for Italy,— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) June 30, 2014
Leeds currently have a transfer-embargo placed over them, but they are working on getting that removed to allow them to do business again.
Silvestre is a 23-year-old Italian goalkeeper, who would likely cost a considerable fee, with fees up to £2.5 million being touted.
Blackman, meanwhile, spent the latter part of last season playing for Maidenhead and would follow Hockaday in making the step-up from non-league to the Championship if he was to join.
2) David Hockaday pleased with Leeds training so far
David Hockaday has said that the Leeds United players’ efforts in training since he has been appointed have been excellent.
The Whites returned to pre-season training on Thursday and travelled to Italy today to continue their preparations for the upcoming campaign and their dedication so far has impressed the new head-coach.
“Their attitude on the first day [Thursday] was a little bit of uncertainty, as it would be on the first day with a new head coach,” he said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“But the first day was super. And on the second day, there was a big lift for me; we’ve made massive strides in the two days, but we’ve a long, long way to go.”
Ross McCormack is not thought to have travelled to Italy with the rest of the squad, with rumours that he has asked to leave the club surfacing in recent days.
Still away on holiday atm but no Ross McCormack on the plane to Italy I'm told. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 30, 2014
3) Doncaster Rovers want Peter Clarke
Clarke’s contract at Huddersfield expired this summer, making him a free-agent, and Doncaster are keen to acquire his services ahead of the new season.
They will have to compete with a host of other Football League clubs if they are to secure the 32-year-old’s signature though, with Barnsley, Fleetwood and Preston all thought to be hoping to sign the commanding central defender.
4) Chris O’Grady wants more Barnsley goals
Barnsley striker Chris O’Grady is hoping that his team-mates chip in with more goals this season, as the club look for an immediate return to the Championship.
O’Grady scored 15 times in the second-tier of English football last season, but few others in the team found the scoresheet on regular occasions and it was one of the main reasons for their relegation.
As such, the powerful centre-forward, who rejected a move to Charlton this summer, is now hoping that the goals from throughout the team to help take some of the pressure off him.
“We do need to score more goals, there’s no doubt about that,” he said to The Sheffield Star.
“We’ve got some new faces in already this season and it’s a chance to start afresh.
“We know goals are a problem so we need the midfielders and the other strikers to get on the scoresheet as well because all goals help.”
5) Lyle Taylor joins Scunthorpe United
The striker joined Bramall Lane last summer from Falkirk, after an impressive season in Scotland, but he has failed to find his feet at the Yorkshire club and has seen his stay at Blades come to a premature end as a result.
Taylor scored just two goals for Sheffield United last season and he will be hoping to improve on that total at his new club and prove that he can play at League One level.