Leeds United's Scott Wootton won't be moving to Rotherham United permanently, it is being suggested.
Rotherham United boss Steve Evans revealed this week Leeds had blocked a move for Scott Wootton, reported the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Wootton had been on loan at Rotherham earlier in the season and does not feature in the first team plans of head coach Neil Redfearn.
Evans claimed it was owner Massimo Cellino who had vetoed the sale. But why would he refuse to let go of a player who Redfearn does not want to keep? Here are three viable reasons...
Waiting for a replacement
Evans' frustration in relation to Wootton's blocked transfer could just be temporary. Leeds may simply be waiting to get a replacement defender through the door first before selling, having already let one defender go this week with Stephen Warnock. Leeds have been linked by the Mail with signing Sol Bamba from Palermo, and its possible if they can pull off a deal to bring him in on loan, they may look more favourably on Rotherham's offer.
When Leeds loaned Wootton out earlier in the season, the Whites were aiming to crack the top 10 and eventually push for the play-offs. Their aspirations appear to have changed after a poor run of results, and now sit just one place above the relegation zone. One club they will be battling with is Rotherham, who are one point and one place above Leeds, and Massimo Cellino may have taken a pragmatic view that he does not want to aid a club who are now a positional as well as geographical rival.
Even with a new addition like Sol Bamba, Leeds could get caught short in numbers if there are injuries, should Giuseppe Bellusci pick up a lengthy ban. The Italian is currently in the process of appealing an FA charge for using racist language, accused by Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome. Previous precedent suggests Bellusci could receive a ban if ruled against, with Liverpool's Luis Suarez banned for eight games, and Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev for seven games for an offence earlier this season.