1) Massimo Cellino reveals Leeds are close to two new signings
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has confirmed that Leeds are on the verge of signing Italian duo, Tommaso Bianchi and Marco Silvestri.
The pair have both been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road over recent times, as Leeds look to add to their squad ahead of the new season, and they now appear to be close to agreeing a deal to join the Championship side.
Bianchi is 25-year-old central-midfield currently playing for Sassuolo, whilst Silvestri is a 23-year-old ‘keeper who is plying his trade at Chievo.
The price that either player would cost has not been revealed, but it is thought that Leeds could use some of the money generated from Ross McCormack’s sale to fund the two deals, if the striker is allowed to leave.
#lufc close to pushing through deals for midfielder Tomasso Bianchi & keeper Marco Silvestri. Bianchi would add technique & craft to centre— Simon Austin (@sport_simon) July 6, 2014
2) Sam Byram backs David Hockaday
Controversially appointed David Hockaday has received the support of Sam Byram, after the young defender was impressed with the former Forest Green boss’ initial training regime.
Hockaday was given the role as the new Leeds United head-coach, despite a strong feeling amongst supporters that he was the wrong man to take the job, but he seems to have impressed his players in the short time he has worked with them to date.
Leeds are currently partaking in a pre-season training camp out in Italy and Byram says that the experience has been enjoyable so far.
“You can tell straight away that he [Hockaday] is big on discipline and wants us to work hard and build a real togetherness in the team, which is a big thing in a successful team,” the 20-year-old said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.“I really like the sound of his ideas and how he wants us to work. It sounds good.
“Hard work but enjoyable is probably the best way to put it.”
3) Brighton enter battle for Huddersfield Town’s Adam Clayton
Brighton and Hove Albion are hoping to beat Middlesbrough to the signing of Huddersfield Town midfielder, Adam Clayton.
Clayton has been the subject of interest from ‘Boro for much of the transfer window so far, with Aitor Karanka’s side offering £1 million and a player for his signature last week.
That bid was rejected by the Terriers, but their resolve will be tested more now that Brighton have presented an all-cash deal for the former Leeds United man.
Clayton is entering the last year of his deal at Huddersfield, but Mark Robins still wants to keep hold of the energetic midfielder and have him as part of his squad for next season.
4) Chris Maguire backs Gary Madine to make an impact
Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris Maguire has backed Gary Madine to be a success at Hillsborough this year.
Madine spent the back end of last season on loan at Carlisle United, where he scored twice in five games, after spending a period of time in prison.
The powerful front-man is now back with his parent club and is expected to make an impact for the Owls this season.
“People will be saying it is a big season for Gary and I think he knows that himself,” Maguire said to the Sheffield Star. “He will want to prove that he’s put everything that has happened off the field behind him.
“I’m sure Gary will be looking to kick on, get a place in the team and show everybody he still knows where the net is.”
5) Sheffield United are holding talks to sign Barnsley’s Chris O’Grady
According to the Sheffield Star, Sheffield United are in discussions with Barnsley to sign their star-striker Chris O’Grady.
Barnsley were relegated from the Championship last season, with O’Grady being one of their better performers, and it was expected the target-man would stay at Oakwell, after he rejected a move to Charlton earlier in the summer.
However, it appears that he could be set to a move to fellow League One club and Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, after Blades lodged their interest today.
O’Grady is not the only striker on Nigel Clough’s wishlist, though, meaning that his side are unlikely to overpay in the hope of signing the 28-year-old.