Yorkshire latest: Leeds want two defenders, Sheffield Utd miss out on Derby duo but close in on striker

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1) Leeds target two defensive additions

Leeds United are hoping to pull off a double swoop for Cardiff City’s Mark Hudson and Juventus’ Frederik Sorensen.

The Whites have targeted defensive recruits after selling Tom Lees to Sheffield Wednesday last week and it appears that they could be inching closer to bringing in some of their targets.

Sorensen’s deal is likely to go through before Hudson’s does. Sorensen, a 22-year-old centre-back, has found first-team chances at Juve limited and has gone to play for Bologna, who co-own him, and is thought to be available for loan this season.

Leeds are keen to bring him in, too, and it would be quite a coup to get a defender with 17 Juve appearances on his CV already.

David Hockaday’s men are hoping to add a clause in the transfer that will allow them to complete a permanent deal, should he impress in his first spell in English football.

Meanwhile, they are also waiting on Cardiff’s decision on whether or not they will relinquish Mark Hudson.

Bluebird’s boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not happy with his defensive options as things stand, but will allow Hudson to leave if he can conclude two deals for centre-backs he is working on at the moment.

One of these targets is thought to be Jose Fonte, but the other is unknown and Leeds are relying on their Championship rival’s transfer talks to be successful if they are to get their man.

2) Cellino makes offer to buy Elland Road

Leeds United owner, Massimo Cellino, has revealed that he has made an offer to buy Elland Road.

In his first set of interviews the outspoken Italian explained that buying Elland Road would be one of his first targets at Leeds and the sale of Ross McCormack has allowed him to move a step nearer to completing his aim.

“The money from McCormack cannot be wasted,” Cellino said. “We sent a letter yesterday. My accountant sent a letter because we want our stadium back. I hope it will be done soon. Before November 100%, because in November the rent will be raised."

“We have to pay. I have to buy the stadium, then I have to fix a lot of other things. It’s our house and our home, we don’t want to be guests in our home. I knew that to buy the stadium back we needed £16m."

“I want the stadium, we need to concentrate our energy on the club. It’s not agreed, we have the option to buy it and, if we try after November, it will cost more.”

3) Mark Robins ‘needs’ additions before Saturday

Huddersfield Town Mark Robins says that he ‘needs’ to add more quality to his squad before the Football League season starts on Saturday.

Huddersfield take on Bournemouth at the weekend, in their first Championship game of the season, but Robins still does not feel fully prepared and is working on bringing in some new recruits.

“If we go into the Bournemouth match with the players we have now, then fine,” he said.

“But I am still looking for fresh faces to come in and give us a lift, and we’ll see what the week brings and who is in the building by Saturday."

“We need some strength and some depth. We have been trying for a while and we continue to work hard on new signings.”

4) Blades miss out on one striker, but aim for another

Sheffield United have failed in their attempts to sign Mason Bennett from Derby County, but they are hoping to announce the signing of Michael Higdon.

Blades have been working on a deal to sign Bennett since last week, but talks have faltered due to the fact the Rams are insistent they will only allow him to join the League One club if they take Kieron Freeman, too.

Nigel Clough’s side originally did want to take the defender, but his personal demands were not agreeable and a transfer has fallen through – putting the Bennett deal out of the question – much to their manager’s disappointment.

“We are disappointed,” he said.

“Sheffield United wanted Mason in a deal with Freeman and we thought that was a good deal for both the players as they would get football."

“They were on their way to Sheffield and all of a sudden they turned up at our training ground having been sent back."

“We are not pleased about that, not pleased at all."

In better news for the club, they are closing in on a deal for Higdon from NEC Nijmegen.

The 30-year-old striker has scored 14 goals in 32 games for the Dutch outfit and will go straight into Clough’s first-team squad for this season once he joins.

Meetings between Higdon’s agent and Blades’ representatives have already been held – with the transfer set to go through this week.

5) Stuart Gray still hoping to add defender

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has said that he is still hoping to sign Dejan Kelhar, despite the defender taking his time to decide whether or not to accept their contract offer.

The Slovenian international has had a successful trial at Hillsborough this summer and was offered a short-term deal, but he has yet to put pen-to-paper and Gray is hoping that the deal can be concluded soon.

“He hasn’t been home since he has joined us so we allowed him to go back and get a change of clothes,” Gray joked.

“We have offered him a short-term contract and he’s mulling it over. It’s in his hands now."

“He’s been with the group for a good few weeks, he’s fitted in well and he’s done well. Hopefully he will be back with us for training on Wednesday.”

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