1) Leeds make third Liam Cooper bid
Leeds United have rekindled their interest in Chesterfield’s Liam Cooper, making a third offer for the 22-year-old today.
The centre-back has already been the subject of Leeds' interest earlier in the transfer window, but a deal appeared to be off the cards after the Whites balked at the League One club’s asking price of £1 million.
However, reports suggest that they have lodged an improved bid to get the man who they have identified as a key replacement in central-defence.
The club allowed Tom Lees to go and, as yet, have not signed anybody to fill the void he leaves – with Cooper their initial first-choice target.
The bid submitted today is thought to have been around £750,000 and if secured he would be one of the six players Massimo Cellino has targeted after watching his side get beaten by Millwall on the opening day of the season.
2) Hockaday wants to keep Byram
David Hockaday has urged Sam Byram to stay with Leeds rather than move to the Premier League, amid top level interest in him.
Both Southampton and Sunderland have been linked with making a move for the talented defender, but Hockaday feels he would be better off in the long-term staying at Elland Road.
“Sam Byram is a Leeds United player and, in my opinion, and this is just in general footballing terms, the best place for him is Leeds United,” Hockaday explained. “That’s because he’s in our team, he’s got the shirt and he needs to get a good season behind him. From an ex-pro, that’s my strong advice to Sam – stay at a club where you feel comfortable and where you are going to get games under your belt.
“Last season obviously he wasn’t able to do that so he needs to get a proper full season under his belt. That’s what I would strongly advise.”
3) Radoslaw Majewski wants to move on quickly
New Huddersfield Town signing Radoslaw Majewski is determined to put the weekend’s disappointment behind him as quickly as possible.
The Terriers capitulated and crashed to a 4-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on the opening day of the season and it was a result which cost manager Mark Robins his job.
Majewski, though, is keen to concentrate on the future rather than the past and insists that he is nobody is looking back.
“The season’s only one game old,” he said.
“We can’t dwell on Saturday too much because we’ve big games coming up.
“That’s the good thing. The matches are going to come thick and fast over the next few weeks.
“Hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about.”
4) May: Wednesday move not hard
Stevie May has said that opting to move to Sheffield Wednesday was not a hard decision for him.
The striker, signed for £800,000 for St. Johnstone, has revealed that he also had other options – namely from Rotherham United – but as soon as he heard of Wednesday’s interest his mind was made up.
He said: “I came up on Saturday and I went to Rotherham first to have a look around and then Wednesday. It was not a hard decision for me. I felt right at home straight away at Wednesday and I could see myself playing there.
“I spoke to a lot of people and players who have played for the club in the past.
“Wednesday are a massive club. It’s probably a Premier League club playing in the Championship.
5) Michael Higdon calls for patience
New Sheffield United signing, Michael Higdon, has called for supporters of the side to be patient.
The Blades lost their opening fixture of the season 2-1 to Bristol City to mass disappointment, but Higdon, who scored in the fixture, has moved to ensure fans of the club that they will get things right soon.
“We have to stick at it,” he said.
“I have got great belief in these boys and there is a lot of quality in there, so we will be okay.
“With five or six debutants on the pitch, it’s not easy and everyone is not going to gel straightaway.
“All we ask is for the fans to be patient - we have got the quality, and we will get it right.”