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Cellino snubs Rotherham bid to sign Leeds defender Scott Wootton

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Rotherham manager Steve Evans says defender Scott Wootton is returning to Leeds United.

After Scott Wootton's loan deal at Rotherham ended, Millers manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield that the Leeds defender will be returning to Elland Road.

Wootton, 23, joined Leeds for £1m from Manchester United just 18 months ago, but has slipped down the pecking order under Neil Redfearn, with the Leeds manager preferring to use the likes of Jason Pearce, Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper in the heart of his defence.

It's therefore little surprise that Evans revealed how Redfearn had agreed to sell Wootton permanently, but also told BBC Radio Sheffield that Leeds president Massimo Cellino overruled him and cancelled the deal.

"Scott Wootton was a young man that we'd have liked to have kept," said Evans. "That, in principle, was agreed with Neil Redfearn, the head coach, but as we know, Redders is subject to perhaps not making the final decision."

"Mr Cellino, which he's entitled to do, decided that was not to be the case. We have to respect that, so Scott Wootton has gone back to Leeds United," he added.

That means Wootton will now be in contention to face Birmingham on Saturday, but he's been out of the plans under Redfearn so far.

It raises question marks about how much of a say Redfearn gets in decision making at Elland Road, especially after his calls to re-sign striker Luciano Becchio were ignored this week, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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