Yorkshire latest: Leeds double Serie A swoop to be finalised soon; Blades deal in doubt

We bring you the latest news from Leeds United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers.

1) Zan Benedicic to complete season-long-loan

AC Milan youngster, Zan Benedicic, will move to Leeds United in the near future on a season long loan, according to reports.

Leeds had made enquiries about Benedicic’s availability earlier in the transfer window, but were rebuffed in their attempts to sign the Slovenian.

However, they have been given new hope this week and appear close to be concluding the deal for the highly rated 18-year-old.

In other transfer news, the protracted saga around Federico Viviani is set to end, with the Roma midfielder expected to join the Whites in the next few days.

Massimo Cellino will return to England today and his arrival should see the deal reach its conclusion – with a loan switch agreed.

2) Tom Lees speaks after his Leeds departure

Tom Lees has spoken to the media for the first team since completing a move to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.

The former Leeds defender moved to Hillsborough on a free transfer and says that he felt the time was right to leave Elland Road.

“It was a big decision for me to leave Leeds,” he said. “They are a great club but I feel, at this moment in time, moving to Wednesday is perfect for me and ticks a lot boxes.

“I was over the moon when we sat down and got the personal terms sorted out. The club were keen to get it done and made me feel wanted.”

He wasn’t the only man delighted with the transfer, either. Owls boss, Stuart Gray, was also on hand to speak of his excitement at linking up the 23-year-old England youth international.

He said: “I’ve been taking a look at Lees since the back end of last season.

“He was recommended to me by our youth coach Neil Thompson. Tom is a good age at 23 and has played a lot of senior games.”

3) Joe Lolley happy to play anywhere for the team

Joe Lolley says that he is happy to fill the role of a utility player for Huddersfield Town in the upcoming season.

Lolley completed a move from Kidderminster Harriers in January of last year and has made an encouraging start to life at the John Smith’s Stadium and he says he is more than happy to play wherever Mark Robins asks, as he just wants first-team football.

“We all have our positions where we prefer to play, but I’m happy to go in anywhere the manager wants and I’ll do the job to the best of my ability,” he said.

“My ideal is anywhere in a forward position.

“I do like to play centrally, but I am also fine with playing wide right, so those would be my favourites – but if the manager wants me to play somewhere else then I will give it my all.”

The good news for Lolley is that he has been utilised in a central role for some of the pre-season so far, meaning he may not have to show off his versatility this season as he’ll be playing in his favoured position.

4) Paul Dickov to step up goalkeeper chase

Doncaster Rovers are aiming to bring in two goalkeepers before the start of the season, Paul Dickov has revealed.

The club are currently without a senior stopper in their ranks and Dickov is aiming to sort that problem out before August 9th, when the Football League season stars, by signing two players that can play between the sticks – although his requirements aren’t too fussy!

“Preferably we want someone with two hands, ten fingers and who can catch the ball,” Dickov said in jest.

“We’ve got a few irons in the fire at the minute but it’s difficult to business at the minute with what has gone on here in the last ten days or so.

“We’ve had targets and we’ve got targets. We’re hopeful we’ll have an older goalkeeper and a younger number two coming in, if not by Saturday, definitely by Yeovil.

“We want a goalkeeper who’s got experience in the division, who knows what playing first team football is all about but also has a good grounding as well.”

5) Mason Bennett deal reliant on Keiron Freeman joining Blades

Nigel Clough has revealed that Sheffield United’s deal to sign Mason Bennett on loan is reliant on them also bringing in Kieron Freeman this summer.

The Derby County duo appeared to be set to move to Bramall Lane this summer, but the double-swoop appears to have hit a stumbling block due, as Freeman’s permanent transfer has had complications.

As a result, Bennett’s loan switch, which was lined up, has been thrown into jeopardy as signing the highly rated youngster was part of the Freeman deal.

“We’ve hit a few obstacles with Kieron,” Clough explained to The Star. “If we do a deal then it has to feel right for all parties concerned.

"We’ll sit down and have a think about things over the next 24 hours to see what we can do and if we can get over them. They’re not insurmountable but we can’t guarantee anything.

“Being able to get Mason is part of the package so, if we can’t get things resolved with Kieron then it could prove difficult to bring him here.”

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