Steve Evans responds to Massimo Cellino's comments about possible new Leeds signings

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Steve Evans is still hoping to bring new faces in at Leeds United.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is still hoping to bring in new signings, despite owner Massimo Cellino saying incoming deals are unlikely now.

The Whites have extended the loan deal of Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt until the end of the season, whilst winger Mustapha Carayol and midfielder Toumani Diagouraga have arrived from Middlesbrough and Brentford respectively.

Still though, Leeds fans want to see more new faces brought in, with a striker on virtually everybody's wish list ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

However, some supporters were left disappointed on Wednesday evening, as club owner Massimo Cellino told Sky Sports that he felt any more deals were unlikely.

The Italian recently oversaw the sale of right back Sam Byram to West Ham United, fans will have been looking for that money to be reinvested in the squad now - and manager Evans still seemingly has hope of the same.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans offered his response to Cellino's comments, stating that he is hopeful despite the word 'unlikely' being used by Cellino, as he claims that the deal for Diagouraga a week ago also looked unlikely before being forced through.

Evans believes negotiations are ongoing for a number of players, but accepted that if Cellino thinks deals are unlikely, then he may have to do without new signings.

"I heard ‘unlikely’," said Evans. "If the president says there’s no more signings then there’ll be no more signings but the words I heard attributed to the president was ‘it was unlikely’. It was unlikely a week ago that we were going to sign the boy from Brentford."

"He takes control of the financial situation so he knows how near we are. When he says it’s unlikely, he may feel that one or two things are slipping away from us. We’ll see where we go. Unlikely could be just a stage of negotiations rather than what actually happens. The president was still working (on a deal) on Tuesday night. Sometimes you make a bid and it’s not quickly accepted."

"My understanding is that we’ve got negotiations going on on several fronts. The president knows what stage they’re at and if he thinks it’s slipping then it would be unlikely," he added.

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