Report: Leeds United send controversial transfer message to rival clubs - What's going on?

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Leeds United are reportedly open to all options regarding their players.

A report in The Mirror has claimed Leeds United are open to listening to offers for every single one of their players.

The paper quote an unnamed source from a rival Championship side, claiming they had received a message from Leeds stating they are open to bids.

This should be a ludicrous stance for Leeds to take - but the problem the club have, is that any story which would sound too unlikely for most clubs, is actually believable in their case.

That is not to say in this case it is true, but that the club is arguably the most unpredictable in England.

Owner Massimo Cellino is himself facing a Football League suspension, and is waiting to learn his fate on appeal.

In this case, Leeds fans can be forgiven for being sceptical. The Mirror claimed last month that local businessman Steve Parkin hoped to agree a takeover of the club 'by Christmas' - and time is rapidly running out for that to be proved accurate.


The report taps into the uncertainty surrounding the club at present. Nobody knows what Massimo Cellino's short and long terms intentions are for the club, and one would suspect that at times even he is conflicted.

This has a knock on effect on the pitch, with Leeds onto their second head coach of the season and sitting in 17th place in the Championship after two consecutive losses.

There are talented players at the club, particularly youngster Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram, and The Mirror claims all three are each available at £8 million.

The transfer window is still one month away, and so there is plenty of time for this report to fade, but January could be a nervous month for supporters - and if a Premier League side did stump up the £8 million for one of the club's academy stars, there is a real risk the club could agree to cash in.

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