1) Leeds miss out on Andrea Petagna
Leeds United target Andrea Petagna has opted for a move to Lazio, according to reports in Italy.
AC Milan’s Petagna had been identified as a potential replacement for Ross McCormack, after the striker left to join Fulham last week, but is set to stay in Italy.
The 19-year-old, who has played twice for Milan’s first-team in his burgeoning career so far, is expected to complete a move to Lazio later today.
2) Leeds will not rush in to signings
David Hockaday insists that Leeds United will not be tempted to rush into transfers after receiving an influx of money for Ross McCormack.
McCormack left the club for Fulham for a fee of £11 million, but the Whites are determined to ensure that they identify the correct targets before spending any of the income raised from the sale.
“I’ve said before that Leeds had some good players here last season and a number of them have gone including Ross,” Hockaday explained.
“From my point of view, if we need to replace them we will replace them and we’ll do that as quickly as we can, but we won’t panic and we won’t do anything silly.
“We might have to show patience in some positions and some things might move quicker than others but it’s one of those things where if there’s a gap to fill we’ll fill it properly and professionally, but if needs patience we’ll show patience.”
Leeds have already bought in four players so far this summer, but are widely expected to add even more new additions to the squad before the transfer-window concludes.
3) Sheffield Wednesday closing in on new additions
Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has said that the club are on the verge of completing deals for incoming players, as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.
Gray’s Wednesday side have already signed Keiron Westwood from Coventry and Sam Hutchinson from Chelsea this transfer window, whilst Chris Kirkland and Glenn Loovens have renewed their deals, but Gray is still hunting for more buys and suggests that deals could be imminent.
“We aren’t far away,” Gray insisted. “The thing is we are fighting against other clubs who are in for these type of players. It’s down to the agents and clubs agreeing the deals.
“We need to do more business. We are still trying to strengthen the team. We need that little bit of quality. I want players to be pushed.”
4) Adam Clayton not distracted by Middlesbrough rumours
Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins has suggested that Adam Clayton has been unmoved by links with Middlesbrough in recent times.
Clayton was the subject of a £1.5 million bid from ‘Boro this week, but the Terriers are known to be determined to keep hold of the central midfielder and Robins says Clayton has trained well despite the speculation.
“There is plenty of speculation at the moment, and not just about our players,” Robins said.
“That’s not something we can influence, all we can do is carry on as usual, and that’s what Adam is doing.
“He has knuckled down, as have all the group, and I am pleased with the way things have gone so far.”
5) Harry Maguire drops exit hint
Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire has dropped the biggest hint that his future lies away from the club yet.
Maguire has been linked with the likes of Hull City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham so far this summer, but Blades have rejected all advances from other clubs so far.
However, the talented youngster has now suggested that it would be a ‘dream’ to play in the Premier League, sparking rumours that an exit from Brammall Lane could happen in the near future.
“Playing in the Premier League and Europe will be a dream for me at this stage of my career,” Maguire said, suggesting that Hull would be his preferred destination if he was to depart.
“I’ve played nearly 170 games, I’m just 21 and the Sheffield United fans know I’ve given my all in every game I’ve played.”