Yorkshire latest: Four in, one out at Leeds United, £3 million bid for Sheffield United defender

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1) One out, four in at Leeds

Leeds United are lining up deals for Nathan and Louis Thompson at Swindon Town, Catania’s Souleymane Doukara and Sassuolo’s Jonathan Rossini, whilst Matt Smith could be heading to Millwall.

Reports in Swindon suggest that Leeds are interested in the Thompson brothers who have impressed at the Robins over the last few seasons.

They face competition from Peterborough United for Nathan Thompson, though, as Darren Ferguson has identified the right-back as a potential replacement for Mark Little and Craig Alcock, who have both departed London Road this summer.

Souleymane Doukara, meanwhile, is reportedly very close to a move to Elland Road. Doukara has been lined up as a potential replacement for Ross McCormack, who departed Leeds, in an £11 million deal for Fulham. The French striker scored six goals in 20 games whilst out on loan at Serie B side Juve Stabia.

Rossini, another player based in Italy, is also being targetted by the Whites as they look to bolster their squad to avoid a repeat of last season. Leeds are reportedly hoping to sign the 22-year-old defender on a season-long-loan.

This all takes place, whilst Millwall are trying to secure the signing of Matt Smith, who they believe would be the perfect fit at The Den.

The former Oldham man only has 12 months left on his current deal and, although he has stated that he would be delighted to stay at Leeds, the long-term security that Millwall could offer him may be tempting.

2) Fulham want Harry Maguire

Fulham are lining up a £3 million bid for Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire, according to the Daily Star.

Maguire has been the subject of much interest this summer, with Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers both making concrete offers for the talented centre-back but failing in their overall pursuits.

However, Fulham have already shown their spending power this summer – bringing in Ross McCormack – and will test Blades’ resolve in keeping hold of their star centre-back even further.

3) Huddersfield look to sign Matthew Briggs

Huddersfield Town are looking to snap up free-agent Matthew Briggs, after Fulham decided against renewing his contract this summer.

At one stage Briggs was regarded as one of Fulham’s finest prospects, but he did not do enough to encourage the London side to extend his deal this year.

However, The Terriers are looking to offer the 23-year-old a reprieve, as Mark Robins is a fan of the defender’s versatility.

4) Danny Wilson preparing for life with Chris O’Grady and Martin Cranie

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has said that he is hoping to keep Chris O’Grady and Martin Cranie at the club, despite interest in both players.

O’Grady has been linked with a move to Sheffield United for much of the summer, whilst Cranie is considered one of Barnsley’s top players and Wilson admits keeping hold of the pair will be a challenge, but he is determined to keep them as part of his squad for next season.

“Martin’s position is very similar to Chris, he’s a Barnsley player and we’re preparing for the season with him in our squad,” Wilson said.

“He’s such a steady and reliable player - he had a good season for us last season."

“I’d be surprised if there wasn’t in interest in players like Martin and Chris, they’ve both done well.”

5) Paul Dickov takes jibe at Paul Quinn

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov is fuming at his defender, Paul Quinn, after he failed to report back to pre-season training on time for the second season running.

Quinn was not available for selection in Doncaster’s first pre-season friendly against Bradford Park Avenue and Dickov is fuming at his unprofessionalism.

“Paul is contracted to the club,” Dickov said to the Star.

“For the second year running he’s not turned up for training which is disappointing and unprofessional from his point of view."

“He does have a release clause in his contract which he activated but as we stand now he is still our player because he’s not signed for any other club so he should be in for training."

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