Leeds United receive boost in hunt for former Everton youngster

New York Stadium interior, Rotherham

Rotherham United have signed Ipswich Town's Paul Taylor on loan and have indicated the sale of Agard is a possibility before the transfer window shuts.

Leeds United have been handed a potential boost in the race to land talented Rotherham United winger Kieran Agard.

The Millers today announced the signing of wide-attacking midfielder Paul Taylor on loan from Ipswich Town and are linked as a result with selling 24-year-old Leeds target Agard. 

Kieran Agard, who scored 21 goals for Rotherham in League One last season, has been the target of much speculation this summer with some of the Championship's biggest clubs reportedly taking a look at the speedy goalscorer.

Speculation over the 24-year-old's future wasn't helped in July when Lee Payne of Full Contact, the former Everton youngster's agent, confirmed that his client had rejected a contract extension at the club, stating: ''We can confirm that Kieran has rejected Rotherham's offer of a contract extension.'' 

The news quickly prompted the Yorkshire Evening Post, the local newspaper in Leeds, to print the story titled 'Rotherham United striker invites Leeds United to bid for his signature' and confirmed 'Leeds took a keen interest in Agard towards the end of last season, scouting him several times.' 

Rotherham, who were unlucky not to get at least a point at promotion favourites Derby County on opening day, have been tipped by many pundits to keep their head above water this season and achieve Championship consolidation, whereas Leeds United have been tipped by some sections of the press for a return to League One under their ownership of Massimo Cellino.

Since their poor result on opening day, Leeds have shown grit and determination in the transfer market and signed two very talented players in Liam Cooper and Billy Sharp but are said not to be happy with just them and could make Agard signing number three inside a week. 

If Leeds can continue to strengthen this summer then the 'dark horses' for relegation may suddenly become a strong bet for promotion as Leeds look to excel under the Italians watchful eye and Hockaday's progressive tactics.

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