1) Two signings in two days for Leeds?
After completing a loan deal for AC Milan’s Zan Benedicic yesterday the Whites are now close to signing a second player from Serie A in as many days, with reports suggesting that Juventus centre-back Frederik Sorensen is set for a medical at Elland Road today.
Benedicic joined Elland Road after agreeing to a season-long-loan deal, with the club having an option to buy him at the end of the season, and Sorensen’s proposed switch is on the exact same terms.
Both players come with some pedigree, from two of Italy’s top clubs, and it is quite a coup of Leeds to pull off the signing the of the talented, young duo.
They will both go straight in Leeds’ first-team squad for the upcoming season, which begins on Saturday with a game against Millwall.
2) David Hockaday day one at Leeds was a horror show
David Hockaday has revealed that his first day at Leeds United training was a horror show, although he feels they are on the right track now.
The new Leeds head-coach feels that his side have worked hard to improve on their flaws over the course of pre-season and will be in a good position when the season gets under way.
“We are getting better," Hockaday said. "Day one, it was a horror show and day two, not so much. We’re at a stage where now when we are training, if a team has not got the ball, they have got to work damned hard to get the ball back.
“We have come a long way, but have a long way to go and are by no means the finished article. We have a lot of work to do, but that is what we are here for.
“I believe that the players have got more quality than even they believe and we are getting better and better. There’s loads still to work on, but we will put in an honest shift and showed that as a team in tracking back and working hard and tackling on Saturday. All the essentials that a good team needs.”
3) Clayton will only leave if replacement is brought in
Brighton and Middlesbrough have both been on the trail of Clayton for much of the summer so far, and it appeared that the former had secured their man last week.
However, the deal is still some way off its conclusion – with the Terriers determined not to lose one of their key players without having someone in their squad who can cover for their loss.
4) Rotherham have free run for Stevie May
Rotherham United do not face any competition, as things currently stand, in their pursuit of Scottish striker Stevie May, Tommy Wright has revealed.
The St. Johnstone boss said that the Millers are the only side that have put a firm offer in for their prized asset, although it does not quite meet their valuation.
Wright said: “Rotherham have been interested in Stevie for a long time and they keep banging at the door.
“They’ve come back a few times and seem determined to get their man.
“But nothing is agreed yet. There are still discussions going on.”
The Scottish outfit are understood to be wanting around £800,000 for the 21-year-old , who has developed a reputation as one of the brightest prospects north of the border, but the Millers are thought to have bid around £600,000.
The transfer is still expected to go through in the near future, though, with Steve Evans looking to bolster his squad before the Championship season starts.
5) More additions due at Sheffield United
Nigel Clough says that his Sheffield United’s summer transfer dealings are not over yet, despite a ninth player being brought in yesterday.
Blades signed Michael Higdon, to add to their attacking ranks, from NEC Nijmegen less than 24 hours ago, but Clough is already eyeing up his next potential target – and he wants them to be in before the season starts on Saturday.
“We have four good strikers now and I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of another coming in,” he said. "But we have other priorities, as we need a defender with Harry leaving.
“The search is going okay. We have many names. If we can get one in before Saturday, all well and good. But it has to be the right one.”
What else do Sheffield United need this summer? Can Hockaday be a success at Leeds?