Leeds almost loaned out a fourth player ahead of the deadline.
Leeds United had a relatively successful loan deadline, considering they did not bring any players in.
A key objective was to trim their squad, and they managed to successfully move on three out of favour players.
Nicky Ajose clinched a move to League One Crewe Alexandra, while Scott Wootton moved to Rotherham and Noel Hunt to Ipswich.
Not only is it fair to the players to let them move on, there is little point them being at training at Leeds to make up the numbers, but they also have the chance to earn permanent moves away and net the club some cash.
There was even a chance of Leeds loaning out a fourth player, Neil Redfearn revealed on Thursday afternoon when quizzed about any more outgoing.
No deal was eventually struck, with it likely Thompson was targeted as a back-up for a club or two in case they did not land their main targets.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the club in 2011, but the midfielder has not played a single minute for the first team this season. He currently has a contract at Leeds until 2016.