We bring you the latest news from Leeds United, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers.
1) Federico Viviani set for last minute talks
Despite Massimo Cellino saying that Leeds United are no longer interested in doing a deal for Roma midfielder Federico Viviani, the player and the club will undergo last minute talks today.
Viviani’s transfer to the Championship club appeared to be off after Cellino said that the Whites were ‘out’, after initial talks faltered, but the potential for the move to happen could be re-ignited later.
The Italian midfielder’s agents are set for over the phone talks with Leeds representatives, as the two parties try and thrash out a deal.
If Viviani does move to Elland Road it will be on a temporary basis, as Roma still consider him a top prospect.
The 22-year-old was in England last week to complete his switch, but has since returned to Italy. He looks set to stay back in his native country too, unless today’s talks prove to be successful.
2) Leeds still looking to strengthen
David Hockaday has confirmed that Leeds United are still trying to get more players in the door before the start of the Championship season.
The Whites have already signed a total of six players, the majority of which have been from Italy, but they are on the hunt for more additions to bolster their squad.
Indeed, Hockaday says that it is ‘obvious’ that his side needs quality added to it as the club look to avoid a repeat of last season.
He said: “We’re still looking to strengthen and it’s pretty obvious that we need to. It is a tough, uncompromising league.”
3) Mark Robins won’t rush into transfers
Despite a frustrating summer so far Huddersfield Town boss, Mark Robins, has stated that he will not rush into deals.
The Terriers have only made two new signings this summer, but Robins is keen not to panic and will only sign players who are genuine quality.
“We are looking and we would certainly like to add,” he said. “There is definitely a resolve to do it because we haven’t got that strength in depth.
“Once we get the right people in the right slot then maybe we can push the button and try and finalise something, but they have to be the right people.
“There is no point bringing someone in for the sake of it and spending money that’s hard earned.
“I don’t really want to be getting squad players, I want to be bringing people who are going to enhance the group we’ve got and make us stronger.”
4) Harry Maguire deal to go ‘right down to the wire’
Nigel Clough believes that Hull City will renew their interest in talented young centre-back Harry Maguire, despite reports to the contrary last week.
The Premier League outfit had seemingly pulled out of the race to sign Maguire but Clough has revealed he expects it to be a smokescreen – with him anticipating bids closer to deadline day.
“It might be August 31 when it’s dead and buried,” he said. “Often these things go right down to the wire.
“The clubs have had discussions. They comprise of what they are willing to pay and how much we feel he is worth.
“The Premier League clubs often try to bully to rest of us by using their money and financial clout. It might reach a stage when it becomes a worthwhile deal for us to do because Harry only has a year left on his contract but we’ve not reached that stage yet.”
5) James Coppinger could be in line for Doncaster return
James Coppinger’s Doncaster Rover’s career may not have ended just yet, due to the impending departure of James Husband.
Husband is set to seal a move to Middlesbrough in the near future and it could mean that Coppinger returns to the club that he had resigned himself to leaving over the summer - as they will have the budget to fund his contract.
The experienced midfielder’s deal at the Keepmoat had expired last at the start of this month and he had not been offered new terms, but the thought is that he could be given a reprieve when Husband’s switch is completed.