1) Peter Lorimer says that Ross McCormack should be should be sold quickly
Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer feels that Ross McCormack should be offloaded by the club as early as possible now news has emerged of his desire to leave Elland Road.
McCormack was Leeds’ star man last season, leading the Championship scoring charts, but appears set for a move away from the Yorkshire club this year and Lorimer feels that it is best to let him go quickly, rather than keep him against his wishes.
Fulham are currently the favourites to land the 27-year-old striker, although the price-tag of £10 million, which Massimo Cellino has set for McCormack, remains a slight obstacle in the deal.
“If the club do feel it’s time for him to move on, it’s better, in my opinion, for him to move now before the season starts,” Lorimer wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It’s better for it to happen now, so that everyone knows exactly what his position is as it’s only five weeks to the start of the season.
“It’s not a nice thing to go into a season with the future of a key player uncertain as there can then be a bit of unrest about. If it’s his decision he wants to go, then regrettably, we will have to accept it.”
2) Middlesbrough want Adam Clayton
Clayton joined Huddersfield from Leeds two seasons ago and is now in his last year of his deal, meaning Middlesbrough are keen to capitalise on this.
The Terriers rejected a £1 million offer for their central midfield star from Brighton in January and are understood to be aiming to keep hold of Clayton, but they may have to consider a ‘Boro bid given the current situation with the 25-year-old’s contract.
3) Febian Brandy has a point to prove
New Rotherham United signing Febian Brandy is aiming to prove a point after moving to the New York Stadium.
Brandy was released by Sheffield United at the end of last season, after failing to make an impression at the club, and he is aiming to prove his former employers wrong after joining Rotherham.
“I still think I’ve got some unfinished business in football and I’m hoping I can address that and help Rotherham this season,” Brandy said to the Yorkshire Post.
“The Championship is a good level and if you do well there you never know what can happen.”
4) Harrison McGahey set to join Sheffield United
Sheffield United are closing in on a deal to sign Blackpool defender Harrison McGahey.
McGahey is highly-regarded at Blackpool and, at only 18, was considered one of their brightest prospect, but Nigel Clough spoke of a ‘contractual situation’ which made him available, despite his current club’s desire to keep him at Bloomfield Road.
It is a further blow for the Championship side who already have a paucity of players in their first team ahead of the upcoming season, making them one of the favourites for relegation.
5) Will Hoskins on trial at Barnsley
Hoskins was released by Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, making him a free-agent, and it appears that he is now close to a move to Yorkshire.
The 28-year-old endured an indifferent spell at Brighton, and has not played a competitive match for 17 months, but Barnsley manager Danny Wilson is hoping that he can help him recapture his top form if he is to join the club.
"He had an injury at Brighton and we're more or less sure he's over it,” Wilson told the Brighton Argus. “Our staff are making sure he's okay clinically. If he is okay, we'll have a chat and see if we can come to an agreement. He needs to prove himself after the injury but I think he will."