Yorkshire latest: Leeds top target keeping options open, Smith speaks, Blades could still land key signing

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Clarke keeping options open

Leeds United’s search for a manager is not showing any signs of moving closer to completion, according to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Whites had targeted Oscar Garcia to take over the reins at Elland Road, but his decision to join Watford was a major set-back for the club.

Their first choice alternative appears to be Steve Clarke, but Massimo Cellino is apparently unconvinced he can convince him to take on the job.

That leaves Neil Redfearn, who was tipped to takeover before David Hockaday was appointed, as another potential candidate, but a final decision is not imminent.

Matt Smith’s kind words on Leeds

Matt Smith says that playing for Leeds United has been the highlight of his career so far and that he feels no bitterness towards the club’s decision to allow him to leave after joining Fulham.

The target-man striker joined Fulham for £750,000 on deadline day and, although the news came as a shock to Smith, he says he feels no resentment towards his former employers.

“I don’t leave with an ounce of bitterness or nothing like that at all,” he said.

“There was a bit of surprise going from signing a long-term contract to then being told: ‘no we are looking to get rid of."

“Leeds been the highlight of my career so far, without a doubt.”

Becchio took little convincing to join Rotherham

Luciano Becchio did not take much persuading to join Rotherham United on deadline day, according to Steve Evans.

The Argentine striker appears quite a coup for the Millers, after agreeing to sign up on loan, but Evans says that Becchio’s did not have to think too much about the decision to make the switch.

“We didn’t have to do a lot of convincing him,” he said to the club’s official site. “We spoke about where we would see him in our squad and how he needed to get back that feeling of scoring goals and how he’d be joining a good squad with plenty of competition amongst the strikers. He was then keen to come here.”

Sheffield Wednesday have no fear

Stuart Gray insists that his Sheffield Wednesday side have no fear ahead of any game this season.

The Owls were expected to struggle this campaign by many, but they have started the season in brilliant form and climbed to near the top of the table.

The boss, Gray, thinks that his side can now push on after proving they are capable of competing with anyone in the division.

“We just need to take a lot of positives from what we’ve done so far,” he said.

“Both individually and collectively, we look a good side. We don’t fear anyone.”

Sheffield United to get top target on loan

Sheffield United’s managing director Mal Brannigan says that the club are still close to capturing one of their top targets, despite missing out on sealing the deal before deadline day.

Nigel Clough had reportedly pushed for three targets on September 1st, but were unable to force any deal over the line.

However, Brannigan believes that they still maybe to clinch a move for one of the players in the near future when the loan window opens.

“There were three people we were looking at and I think one will be available on loan before Christmas,” he said.

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