Summer is upon us, with Leeds United fans already anticipating the new season. With this eagerness comes the rumours of who the club are trying to sign. Some have been realistic – whilst others have been utterly ridiculous.
Darren Bent – Aston Villa’s record signing at £18 million (rising to £24 million) and on a reported £60,000-a-week was linked with Leeds United on Twitter just last week. The rumour was laughed off by most, with a ‘Leeds sign Bent’ photo doing the rounds proving that many knew how obscene this news was.
The rumour was started by a typical ‘football news’ page on Twitter who lacks credibility and identity. Here’s a tip, only take notice of reputable media sources, the rest are either stealing their information or it’s pure fabrication to gain attention.
Had Leeds United still been a force in the Premier League, this one would have been realistic. But given the status of the football club and the lack of serious activity in the transfer market, this one goes down as completely laughable.
SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE
Billy Sharp – A clinical striker at this level. A man who can get you goals but never seems to work for him at the top level. With his career at Southampton reportedly in the balance, the chances of Leeds United signing Sharp will lay heavily on the ambition of the owners.
The Saints striker spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest so it remains to be seen whether Forest will look to sign him permanently or whether he needs to find a new club come July 1. Wages and ambition could be a stumbling block if Leeds are serious about buying Sharp – here’s hoping.
Adam Le Fondre – The fact that Brian McDermott signed ‘Alf’ is the reason there is still a chance of this taking place. However, an impressive season as ‘super sub’ in the Premier League could mean that the likes of newly-promoted Cardiff City and Hull City will look to prize a player that will cost a reasonable fee and can get you goals at vital times.
The likelihood of Le Fondre joining Leeds rests on the influence that Brian McDermott and Nigel Gibbs can have on the player, oh and the transfer budget that GFH will give the pairing. Fingers crossed.
Unfortunately, the most realistic transfer targets are those that won’t command a transfer fee or one that is incredibly minimal. The saving grace of this is McDermott’s experience as a scout – and his ability to unearth a diamond in the rough.
Expect the unknown to crop up at Elland Road, with the wish of a new Snodgrass, Becchio or Gradel being discovered.
Noel Hunt – Heavily linked with Leeds in the last week and available on a free. The Irish front man has enjoyed success in the past with Brian McDermott and will know what is expected of him if he signs up at Elland Road.
A ‘freebie’ in essence but a player who is a hardworking, lively and no stranger to the right end of the table in the Championship. At 31, he is a player that Leeds should not spend money on, regardless of the fact that he is out-of-contract.
An incredibly realistic signing and one that may not draw the crowds in – but he is the level of footballer that the club can attract with minimal fuss.
Matt Mills – The former Leicester skipper enjoyed his best football under Brian McDermott and his impressive spell at Reading earned him a £5 million transfer to the Foxes in 2011. Now down the pecking order at Bolton, it seems Mills’ career will take a different direction this Summer.
If Leeds are to make a ‘marquee’ signing come the end of the transfer window, it could well be Mills who commands a decent transfer fee. United need reinforcements at centre-half, with Tom Lees and Jason Pearce the only two natural central defenders at the club.
Again, on the field ambition of the club will dictate whether McDermott is able to go for his former captain and arguably his most prized asset when at Reading.