1) Three transfers likely to come at Leeds
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has revealed the club has completed deals for Jonathan Rossini and Souleymane Doukara, with negotiations continuing for Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi.
#lufc Cellino mentioned that a deal may be done for Swiss international defender Gaetano Berardi but the fee is being haggled over.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) July 11, 2014
Rossini was pictured training with the squad today out in Italy, with Doukara likely to join up with the team after his transfer has been confirmed.
Berardi, meanwhile, is currently playing for Sampdoria in Serie A and has been identified as a player who can improve the Whites' squad for the upcoming campaign but the sides are yet to agree on a fee.
Berardi is an attacking right-back, who has made 35 appearances for Sampdoria over the past two seasons, and he would be a high-profile addition to Leeds’s current squad, given his credentials.
The funding for his signing has been provided by the £11 million sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham.
Cellino has expressed a desire to utilise his knowledge and connections in Italian football and he is working on making the squad a much more cosmopolitan one, with two Italian based signings already confirmed in Marco Silvestri and Tommaso Bianchi.
2) David Hockaday happy with players’ attitudes
Controversial Leeds head coach David Hockaday has revealed that he is happy with the work-ethic that his squad have shown him in his initial time at the club.
Leeds have been training in Italy over pre-season and won 16-0 in a friendly against local team, FC Gherdiena, which was naturally pleasing for the 56-year-old.
“It can sometimes be difficult playing against a team that we dominated like we did but the players kept on going and going,” the former Forest Green Rovers boss said.
“They all did some running afterwards as well because we need to be the fittest team in the league, that is the aim.
“They tried to put into practise all the things that we have been working on recently. There is still lots to work on but overall the attitude was spot on.”
3) Sheffield United close in on Craig Alcock
Sheffield United are close to the signing of former Peterborough United right-back Craig Alcock, according to Darren Ferguson.
The Posh boss had tried to re-sign Alcock for this season, after his contract at London Road had expired, but could not persuade him to rejoin.
And, speaking at Posh’s kit-launch event last night, he revealed that Alcock had been in discussions with Sheffield United and he expects him to sign with Nigel Clough’s men in the near future.
It would be another signing of proven quality for Blades this summer, with Alcock impressing in League One and in the Championship during his time at Posh.
A solid defender, the former Yeovil man was one of Ferguson’s star men in the 2012/13 season and he established himself as one of Posh’s most useful squad members during his time there due to his ability to play right across the backline.
4) Milan Mandaric delighted by Sheffield Wednesday additions
Sheffield Wednesday chief Milan Mandaric has expressed his delight at the transfer business that the Owls have been able to conclude this past week.
The Championship outfit have secured the signings of Sam Hutchinson and Keiron Westwood, whilst Jose Semedo and Chris Kirkland have both extended their contracts at Hillsborough, much to Mandaric’s satisfaction.
He said: “I’m very happy we’ve got those players because we needed to bring some quality in. We needed to add to what we have already got.
“It is important we go after quality players. Our objective is to bring in players who can make a difference.”
5) Steve Evans determined to keep Rotherham squad together
Steve Evans have revealed that he is hoping to keep the entirety of the Rotherham squad that is currently at the club together for their upcoming Championship campaign.
The Millers were promoted from League One last season, but Evans has faith that his players are able to make the step up and is determined to keep hold of his stars.
“We have all the players we wanted to keep from last season under contract,” he said.
“These are the ones who played a significant part in our promotion and who we believe are good enough to step up to the Championship
“There are some players who didn’t play as big a role who we have released or made available for transfer.
“There have been bids for some of our players, but they were weeks ago. No-one is going out.”