Yorkshire latest: Phillips tipped for Leeds chance, Blades search for strikers goes on

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‘Phillips close to Leeds United first team’

Leeds United youngster Kalvin Phillips is being tipped as the next academy product to break into the first team at Elland Road.

Phillips was thought to be close on getting into Neil Redfearn’s match day squad for the defeat away at Cardiff City in his first game as the permanent head coach of the first team.

‘Blades search for a striker continues’

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has confirmed his search for a new striker goes on.

The Blades were thought to be looking at a deal for Steve Davies of Blackpool, which appears to have broken down.

“The search goes on for a striker, and we’re still interested in two. Plus, you can never say never and we might revisit the situation with Steve in January,” said Clough.

‘Semedo: Wednesday don’t need motivating’

Sheffield Wednesday star Jose Semedo has suggested the Owls don’t need to be motivated after an inquest by manager Stuart Gray.

Gray ripped into his players after Wednesday fell to defeat to AFC Bournemouth after a lethargic performance.

“The manager obviously was very disappointed and very angry with us - As a group, we don’t feel like it was as bad as everyone was saying. Maybe we are wrong. But we always try to do our best,” he’s quoted by the Star.

‘Evans pleased with international break’

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says the international break has come at a good time for his club.

Evans has suggested that the next two weeks will allow key members of his first team to recharge their batteries.

“I think it comes at a good time. We played with 10 against Middlesbrough, we went down to Reading and had a six-and-a-half-hour trip and then we've come to a local derby and played on a sodden pitch. Some will be freshened up, some will do a little bit more work,” said Evans.

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