1) Leeds edge closer to Kieran Agard
Leeds United are believed to have edged closer to agreeing a deal with Rotherham United for Kieran Agard after talks for the striker continued last night.
Agard, who scored 21 times for Rotherham last year in League One, has emerged as one of Massimo Cellino’s targets this summer as he looks to provide head-coach David Hockaday was more attacking ammunition.
It looks set that the rapid striker will join Elland Road soon, too, after successful negotiations took place last night.
It is a deal which the Millers are reluctant to make, due to Agard’s importance to the team, and manager Steve Evans says that he will only go for a big fee.
“We’re not a selling club but we do have our value of Kieran Agard," Evans explained. "If a club is prepared to meet that value then we would be prepared to sell – because it is a high one. Every player at this club has a price.”
Agard has just one year left on his deal at Rotherham and the club completed the signing of Paul Taylor from Ipswich Town last night, suggesting that they are planning for life without their star man.
2) Billy Sharp reveals soft spot for Leeds
Billy Sharp has said that he always had a soft spot for Leeds United despite growing up as a Sheffield United fan.
The Whites’ most recent attacking addition completed a permanent deal to Elland Road this week and says, despite his allegiance to their Yorkshire rivals, he has always liked Leeds.
“Everyone knows I am a Sheffield United fan,” Sharp said. “But, for some reason, even though Sheffield United fans are supposed to hate Leeds United, I always had a soft spot for them.
“I have always wanted to play for Leeds. I am not saying that just because I am here now, I honestly mean it.
“Leeds were in the Champions League and fun to watch so whenever I have played at Elland Road, it has always been a special place to play. It is great to think that this is now a chance for me to play there every week.”
3) Dean Hoyle speaks over Mark Robins departure
Huddersfield Town Chairman, Dean Hoyle, says that he was prepared to give Mark Robins more time to solve things at the club.
The Terriers and Robins parted ways after the side’s dismal 4-0 opening day defeat to Bournemouth, but Hoyle says that it was Robins’ decision to leave the club and not his.
“The performance on Saturday was totally unacceptable – there is no point trying to disguise that – but I was willing to give him more time,” Hoyle revealed in a frank interview with the BBC. “Everyone knew he (Mark) didn’t have as much slack as last season and had to get things right.
"It was quite simple – Mark told me that he thought he’d lost the respect of the fans; that he couldn’t do right for doing wrong and that the fans were totally against him. He could not see any way of recovering that position. He also said he thought the players had gone and also admitted he had picked the wrong formation against Bournemouth."
4) Glenn Loovens give new boy area to improve
Sheffield Wednesday skipper, Glenn Loovens, says that Tom Lees must become more vocal on the pitch.
Lees completed a move to Wednesday from Leeds United this month and Loovens wants to seem him assert his authority at Hillsborough.
“Tom is a quiet guy,” Loovens said. "Maybe he needs to come out of his shell a little bit and be a little louder on the field.
“Tom is a good guy and he works hard in training. He is a young guy who has been around for a long time and knows the Championship inside out.
“I am here to help everyone and will look to pass on my experience, not only to Tom, but everyone in the team."
5) Sheffield United worry over pair
Sheffield United are waiting to see if Stefan Scougall and Craig Alcock will be available for selection for their game at the weekend.
Blades take on Coventry City in League One on Saturday, but could be without the key duo as they have both picked up ‘slight niggles,’ according to Clough.
The manager isn’t unduly concerned by their absence, though, and he also hopes to have concluded a deal for a new centre-back by the end of today.
“We’ll see how they are,” Clough said. “There were a few lads who missed a start against Bristol City and a few who missed out on the squad altogether.
“They reacted in exactly the way we would expect a professional footballer to do.
“They will have wanted to show us that they deserve to be in there again and that we shouldn’t leave them out. But it’s going to be a long and demanding season so everyone will be utilised and get their chance.”