1) Massimo Cellino only wants the best at Leeds United
Massimo Cellino is demanding that the club only sign ‘special players’ this summer, as Jonathan Rossini’s deal to join Leeds United was cancelled.
Rossini failed to impress the Whites boss during his time training with the team out in Italy and, as a result, the offer of a season-long loan has been withdrawn by the Championship club.
Even with Rossini’s failure to complete a transfer, David Hockaday’s men have been busy in the market in recent times.
Tommaso Bianchi and Souleymane Doukara both moved to Elland Road and will be expected to make an impact next season, as Leeds begin to plan for life without Ross McCormack.
2) Glenn Lovens proud to be Sheffield Wednesday captain
Glenn Lovens says that he is delighted to be Sheffield Wednesday’s captain next season, after agreeing a new one year deal to stay at the club.
Lovens’ previous deal expired at the back end of last season, but was known to be a player that the Owls were intending to keep due to his commanding performances at centre-back in the second half of the previous campaign.
And, although the agreement took longer than the 30-year-old would have liked, he is now excited to get started again.
He said, to the Sheffield Star: “It took a little longer than I expected but I’m happy to have finally put pen to paper and comeback here."
“It is always an honour to be captain wherever you are. I will lead the guys out and give everything for the fans. I’m proud that he [Stuart Gray] has given me the opportunity."
“As one of the older players in the team, it’s my job to help the younger players coming through.”
3) Middlesbrough bid £1.5 million for Adam Clayton
‘Boro had previously seen a £1 million bid rejected by the Terriers, but are set to further test their determination to keep hold of Clayton after increasing the proposed fee.
Clayton has been a mainstay in Huddersfield’s side over the last few seasons and manager Mark Robins sees him as part of the future of the club, but the former Leeds man only has one year left on his deal and it could mean that they are forced to cash-in.
4) Two deals in the balance at Bramall Lane
Sheffield United are still hoping to complete moves for Harrison McGahey and Chris O’Grady in the near future, but the deals are hanging in the balance.
Blades have given O’Grady a deadline to make up his mind on whether to move away from his current club, Barnsley, whilst McGahey’s deal looks set to go to a Professional Football Compensation Committee before being concluded.
It is thought that the Tykes and Blades have agreed a fee for O’Grady, but the striker’s reluctance to decide on whether to accept the club’s contract offer is beginning to frustrate Nigel Clough.
“Things can change very quickly at this time of year,” he said. “New options, which might not have previously been there, always open-up as we get closer to the start of the new season."
Meanwhile, the League One outfit’s struggle to agree a fee with Blackpool for McGahey is proving problematic.
Blackpool are demanding £1 million for the centre-back, who has already experessed his desire to play at Brammall Lane, but Blades are not prepared to pay that amount and it looks as if an independent committee will have to agree the price of a compensation package that will be due if the youngster completes his move.
5) Barnsley in for David Davis
Barnsley are hoping to complete a deal for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder David Davis in the near future.
The 24-year-old did not travel to Wolves’ pre-season training camp in Dublin with the rest of the squad, with Kenny Jackett allowing him to continue discussions with Barnsley over a move to Oakwell this summer.
The two clubs are still trying to agree a fee, but Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is thought to be very keen on singing the energetic central-midfielder.
If he is to do so he will have to do battle with another un-named club, though, as Jackett revealed that Barnsley weren’t the only club keen on doing a deal.
"David has stayed behind, because we don’t want to risk anything as one or two clubs are showing an interest in him,” Jackett said.
“Something could develop today or tomorrow, so we didn’t want to risk bringing him out here if we had to send him back.”