1) Leeds interested in seven, miss out on two
Leeds United have seen negotiations with transfer target Giuseppe Bellusci stall, after seemingly being close to agreeing a deal last night.
A fee had been agreed between Leeds and Bellusci’s club, Catania, but the Whites are refusing to meet the 24-year-old’s wage demands and now appear to be looking elsewhere for defensive installments.
One of these is reportedly AC Milan’s Rodrigo Ely. The 20-year-old is considered one of the brightest stars coming through at the Italian club and, as such, a permanent deal is unlikely, but a season-long-loan could be on the cards.
Their discussions with Milan have not been so fruitful in terms of securing another one of their potential summer signings, as the club want to keep 20-year-old attacking midfielder Zan Benedicic at the San Siro for the season.
Leeds are thought to have diverted their attention to Sebastian Eriksson to help cover for that disappointment. The Swedish midfielder currently plays for Cagliari, but he has only made eight appearances for the Italian side since joining in 2012 and may be looking for a way out. The 25-year-old is currently injured, delaying the potential transfer.
Italy is proving to be a ripe hunting ground for Leeds, with three players based in the country already confirmed as signings, and they are also looking for a replacement for Ross McCormack in Serie B. McCormack moved to Fulham for £11 million, funding much of Leeds’s summer-spending plans and it is thought they could invest some of it in Mirco Antenucci.
Antenucci is a 29-year-old striker who spent last season playing in the Italian second tier, where he scored 19 goals in 40 starts for Ternano.
Meanwhile, in England, Massimo Cellino is also thought to be watching Rotherham’s Keiran Agard and Rochdale’s Scott Hogan, although the club deny submitting a formal offer for either. They have also supposedly offered Nile Ranger a trial.
2) Sheffield Wednesday want Brandao
Sheffield Wednesday are looking to make their third summer signing in the near future, with Brandao at the top of their wishlist.
Owls boss, Stuart Gray, has already spoken of the need to sign a top quality striker this summer and appears to have chosen the 34-year-old as his top pick.
The Brazilian-born frontman is currently playing for Saint-Etienne, but the French club are understood to be willing to allow the striker to leave as he only has one year left on his expensive contract.
3) Rotherham coy over record Massimo Luongo bid
Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart has refused to comment on reports that the club has put in a record breaking bid for Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo.
Luongo is considered one of the best players in League One and, following their promotion, the Millers have reportedly identified the Australian as somebody who could be a key player for them as the try and compete in the Championship.
Steve Evans’ side have already broken their transfer record once this summer, but the club have already stated they are likely to break it again during the course of the transfer window and when asked if it was likely to be on Luongo, Stewart remained tight-lipped.
“I can’t comment on that,” he said.
“I know what is being reported but all I can say is we are happy with the recruitment we have done so far.”
4) Huddersfield Town want Sam Mantom
Huddersfield Town have been linked with making a move for Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom.
Mantom, a central midfielder previously at West Bromwich Albion, has impressed down in League One and is reportedly one of Mark Robins’ top summer targets.
It remains to be seen if he has been identified as a replacement for Adam Clayton, who is linked with a £1.5 million move to Middlesbrough, or if he is somebody that Robins believes Clayton can partner in central midfield.
5) Hull City line-up another bid for Harry Maguire
Hull City are prepared to re-enter the race to sign Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
The Tigers have already seen two bids rejected for the young centre-back this summer, but could raise their offer once again as Steve Bruce is a big fan of the commanding defender.
Whether the bid, thought to be around £2 million plus add-ons, will be accepted remains to be seen though as Blades are thought to be holding out for more money than that for their prized asset.