Leeds transfer embargo lifted, sign former Arsenal goalie

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A reporter has revealed that the transfer embargo on Leeds United has been lifted, as they sign experienced goalkeeper Stuart Taylor.

Despite having their bank account unfrozen last week, the Whites have still officially been under a transfer embargo, and this caused problems due to the number of players owner Massimo Cellino intends to bring in this summer as he overhauls the first-team squad of his new plaything.

It was reported that Leeds officials would be working hard to have the ban lifted before the opening of the transfer window on 1st July, however it was continued, and out-of-contract players were leaving the club with no way to bring in replacements.

However, Leon Wobschall, a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, exclusively revealed on his twitter account that he had confirmation from the club that the embargo had definitely been lifted.

The Football League should lift any embargo upon a club when all unpaid debts are cleared by investors. Having had their bank account frozen following the winding up order against the club, Cellino worked diligently to oversee the repaying of club staff, and the clearance of overdue debts. Fans of the Elland Road outfit were left surprised and shocked that the embargo was still in force following the righting of monetary matters.

However, with the removal of the embargo, head coach Dave Hockaday has wasted no time in securing his first signing of the summer - former Arsenal, Manchester City and Reading goalkeeper Stuart Taylor.

Former England Under-21 international Taylor, currently 33, has made just 72 professional appearances in his 17-year career, although he brings a wealth of experience, having won two Premier League titles, and two FA Cups. Having last been at Reading, he made just four appearances for the Royals, acting as third choice keeper and an experienced leader off the field.

It is likely that Taylor could be heading to Elland Road as first choice 'keeper next season, with Paddy Kenny rumoured to be leaving the club following his overweight return to pre-season training. It had also been rumoured that Cellino intended to sell Kenny due to his aversion to the number 17 - the Irish goalkeepers date-of-birth - however Wobschall also revealed that the club have rubbished those rumours.

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