1) Three in at Leeds with more expected
Leeds United are to announce the signings of Billy Sharp, Guiseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper today.
Leeds United hope to sign Chesterfield's Liam Cooper, Catania's Giuseppe Bellusci and Southampton's Billy Sharp later today #lufc— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSDaily) August 13, 2014
Leeds head coach, David Hockaday, confirmed after the side’s 2-1 win against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup last night that Bellusci just needed to complete a medical before the transfer was made official.
The defender will join on a season-long-loan from Catania and he will be expected to have an immediate impact as the Whites look to get their season back-on-track after an opening day defeat.
Bellusci will be joined by Cooper and Sharp, who both have more experience of English football.
Sharp, who will join on a permanent deal from Southampton, is widely regarded as an excellent purchase by Leeds, whilst it will be intriguing to see how Cooper copes with the step-up from League One – after he completes a £750,000 deal from Chesterfield.
It adds some much need quality to a side who had looked bereft of class against Millwall on the opening day of the season, as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat, but the incomings are set to continue, according to reports.
Obviously we know Bellusci, Cooper and Sharp should sign - but Hockaday says there will definitely be other arrivals after those three— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 12, 2014
Massimo Cellino had said that he was targeting six new players after the loss to the Lions and it appears that he will be true to his word – with Hockaday confirming that Leeds spending was still not finished.
2) Hockaday: no sympathy for Berardi
David Hockaday says that he has no sympathy for new signing Gaetano Berardi after he was sent off last night in the Whites’ win over Accrington Stanley.
The Italian ace, making his Elland Road debut, launched into a vicious tackle in the last minutes and left the referee with little choice, but to send him off.
It means that Berardi is likely to face a three-match ban for his actions, but Hockaday says he has no complaints about the decision.
"I am disappointed in him and for him because his tackle was reckless,” he said. “It was dangerous play and he has to learn. He got tired and when that happened he made a poor decision. He has been punished for it, quite rightly.”
3) Huddersfield Town approach Steven Pressley
Huddersfield Town are set to make an approach for Coventry City boss Steven Pressley, according to a report.
The Scottish manager has impressed in difficult circumstances at Coventry City – guiding the club to safety in League One last season, despite a points deduction – and the Terriers appear to have identified him as their first choice to take over from Mark Robins.
Huddersfield lost their opening game of the Championship season 4-0 to Bournemouth, but did progress with a win over Chesterfield in the League Cup last night meaning if Pressley was to join the players are likely not to be feeling as low as they were after the weekend.
4) Stuart Gray praises Sheffield Wednesday
Stuart Gray has heaped praise on his Sheffield Wednesday side after they cruised into the League Cup third round with a 3-0 win against Notts County last night.
The Owls were the favourites for the clash against the League One outfit, but the manner of Wednesday’s performance pleased Gray, who was impressed by what he saw.
“I was pleased with the overall team performance and the way we moved the ball and created chances,” he said. “It was a fantastic and a great performance in all departments.
5) Clough delighted with Reed
Nigel Clough is delighted with Sheffield United’s teen-sensation Louis Reed after he committed his future to the club.
The 17-year-old central-midfielder, who has forced his way into starting contention at Bramall Lane this season, put pen to paper on a new long-term deal keeping him at the club until 2017 and Clough says that he has the ability to play at the very top.
“If Louis keeps on improving and keeps on listening then he can make the grade at a higher level,” Clough revealed. “Possibly even the highest but hopefully he can do all of that with us because we’ve seen enough move on.
“We’ve been really impressed by Louis and if we could have given him a longer deal then we would have done but, under FA rules, three years is the maximum permitted for someone of his age.
“We always had him down as a good player for the future and he thoroughly deserves to be in the team.”