Yorkshire latest: Hockaday favourite for Leeds job; Sheffield United close to signing

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We bring you all the biggest news involving the Yorkshire clubs that has broken in the last 24 hours.

1) David Hockaday new favourite for the Leeds United job?

Leeds United chairman, Massimo Cellino, had reportedly identified Eamonn Dolan as his top target to take over the vacant managerial post at Elland Road, but Reading’s hands-off-warning may have made David Hockaday the new favourite to become manager of Leeds.

Reading issued a statement saying that Dolan is still an ‘integral part of the club’ and they hope that the speculation will end surrounding his future.

It means that Leeds may be forced to move on to new targets as they search for a man to take over from Brian McDermott.

Cellino reportedly drew up a three man shortlist, which contained the names of the aforementioned Dolan and Hockaday as well as Gary McAllister, but it was Dolan who emerged as favourite.

However, with the Reading academy manager seemingly set to stay at his current club, it looks as if one of the other two will be confirmed as the new boss.

We brought you the news yesterday that McAllister is no longer being mentioned as a potential candidate to take-over at the club, meaning Hockaday has now become the natural favourite to take over the reins at Elland Road.

2) Hafiz Mammadov promises to bring success to Sheffield Wednesday

New Sheffield Wednesday chairman Hafiz Mammadov has said he will ensure that he brings success to the Owls, whilst he is in-charge.

The wealthy Azerbaijani businessman completed his takeover of the club yesterday and has spoken about his aims for the future.

He said, in his first interview as chairman: “I am hugely ambitious and feel the Owls match my passion and desire for success and represent our motto of Azerbaijan Land of Fire. I promise the supporters I will work extremely hard to bring the success everyone so rightly craves.”

3) Huddersfield Town on the verge of signing Joe Murphy

Sky Sports are reporting that Huddersfield Town are close to signing Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

The Terries are looking to bring in a goalkeeper to provide competition to current first-choice Alex Smithies, after Ian Bennett left the club over the summer.

Murphy is understood to be their main target in this area, and they have beaten off a host of other clubs to sign the stopper, who was an integral player for Coventry last season, with the deal expected to be finalised soon.

4) Rotherham United won’t bid for Jim O’Brien

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has denied reports linking him with making a move for Barnsley man, Jim O’Brien.

O’Brien is understood to want to play Championship football next season, and is unlikely to sign a new contract at Oakwell.

It was thought that Rotherham were interested in signing the out-of-contract winger, but Evans has quashed those rumours.

5) Sheffield United close to signing James Wallace

Sheffield United are on the verge of completing a deal to bring Tranmere Rovers midfielder James Wallace to the club, report the Sheffield Telegraph.

Wallace was a regular in Tranmere’s side last season, but has not signed a new contract at the club meaning he is free to look for a new team this summer.

That team looks likely to be Sheffield United, with Nigel Clough also confirming that they are almost in position to complete the transfer of the 22-year-old.

“We’ve got to sort things out with Tranmere before doing anything else,” Clough said. “But we’re making progress in that regard and, from what I understand, I don’t think we’re too far away from doing that.

“There’s still work to do yet though and there’s a lot of people out there keen on James which doesn’t surprise us because he’s a very, very capable.”

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