Leeds Rumours Archive July 05 2011

 

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05 Jul 2011 23:01:10
Jonathan Woodgate was at Rockliffe Hall tonight in Darlington. Is he staying up north to have talks with leeds? I hope so, but very much doubt it.

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More likely that he may consider his boyhood team Boro or hes just visiting relatives or something...unfortunately

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Why people persist with the Smith and Woodgate rumours is beyond me. We need players that can play 40 games a season not 4. Only ex player I want to see back is Bowyer but I can't see it happening. Smith and Woodgate is too much of a gamble.

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Why would stay in darlington to have talks with leeds? more likely signing for darlo

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Leeds max wage for one player is 15 grand a week smith woodgate bowyer or any player who has been playing for a prem club or real madrid will not go for wages that low at the end of there football life they want as mutch as they can get because they will be retiaring soon these players will not be signing fact

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He lives near me in Nunthorpe, I played with his father, we are both Leeds Fans, hence why he signed for LUFC and not Boro. He has no offers from anyone on the table, his agent is busy trying to do several deals, LUFC are 1 of 5 and his preferred choice due to the help with his rehab a few years ago. He loves the club more than even his home town club

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He IS a Boro fan, stop chatting sh*t

If he returns to any Northern team it will be them not Leeds, and Im thankful because it'd be like p*ssing money down the drain. Major injury prone, he should have retired Years ago

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05 Jul 2011 22:14:42
Ive heard leeds are thinking of bringing fabrizio ravanelli back to england.....Thats him off to leicester then.....

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Bringing him back as a what? ballboy? hes 43 years old, if we go on like this old ken will be in goal and grayson and snodin will be the spine of the team its becoming a little worrying but if you dont laugh you cry i guess lol

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Haha what lol as a player :) The guys 42 years old

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05 Jul 2011 22:09:43
Everyone stating that we have missed 'another target' is getting a bit irritating. The only place they have been named as targets is on this site - hardly the gospel truth

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Absolutely, as much as it's annoying seeing Leicester snap all the players up, money isn't the answer to everything and I think we'll sign someone decent before too long..have faith guys MOT

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I agree with this man, everything will be good. Believe,
Leicester signing all and sundry won't work, I can just imagine the squabbling and tempers, with Sven picking the team because their friends with Kasper and his dad is Peter. He'll have a different game plan every week. At the end of the season he'll be at plan 23 looking for a 0-0 draw to stay up.

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I kind of agree... But leeds need quality and al though u dont have to pay for it always.... The likes of danns has moved on a free. Why didnt we make a move for him? Leeds need a minimum of 7 players this summer of which 4 have to be better than naylor, kasper, jonno and killa. We r very inactive and i dont believe there isnt a slight concern among all leeds fans. Apparently we have money... Thats bullspit cos killkenny got offered better terms at a lot losser club than leeds. We cannot afford the type of player we need to progress at this moment in time unless smirf opens his cheque book for players which is highly unlikely...

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Let's pray our youth team starts producing the goods again. the Turners could be the new Nevilles...

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We have got money to spend and it will only be spent to make us better. Johnson and Kilkenny were average at best. The money we will save from lost balls from Johnsons shots and the yellow cards Kilkenny got for moaning should get us someone like Messi.. LOL. I am sure we have been offered plenty of players but what is the point of signing for the sake of it. Think QUALITY not QUANTITY. Keep the faith. MOT {Ed015's Note - also would you want someone who just wants the cash like all them going to leicester, or want players who want to wear the white}

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05 Jul 2011 22:02:31
To be honest Leeds are going backwards while we watch all the happy little faces of the fans of the likes of leicster Leeds are sad because we have bought no big signings and obviously something went wrong with the whole kasper selling and if we don't act now other clubs will keep on taking our targets and another negative, Leeds are keeping every signing very quiet which does not sound like big signings, it's all these freebees and people who have past it so if I don't see a big signing this transfer window Leeds won't be able to live up to expectations next season, what do you think ed? {Ed015's Note - its not all about big money signings}

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We all know West Ham and Leicester will be going up this time....if Leeds dont spend now they wont come anywhere near the top this year...

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Yeah but how many of the rejects signed last summer were any good.
Answer: Not many

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Ed... Leeds need a marque signing. To lift the supporters if nothin else. We do not have enough quality within the current squad to finish top 10. 7 signings minimum needed. And 5 first teams... Gk, lb, cb, 2 cm... And possibly a better rb {Ed015's Note - i expect 2new players by friday}

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We will be ok... Losing Johnson and Killer and Kasper is isn't the end of the world at all. The simple fact is that you get a nucleus of a team and fill in the gaps. Our nucleus this season will be Howson - Becchio - Snodgrass - Gradel - McCormack. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Tom Lees and Aidy White get a go this year too. Would love to see Lihaj back and us to sign someone like Jonathan Greening in midfield. I hope Nunez gets a go too.

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Who says teh rumours are true. None of these players are necessarily our targets. Lets just wait and see what happens instead of getting in a negative frame of mind before the season has even begun

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05 Jul 2011 21:31:20
Jersey Dudek in the frame for a return to england Leeds are heading the way to sign

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05 Jul 2011 21:28:32
Jonathan Greening will sign in the next few days having chosen us over Forest.

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Now that would be a quality signing albeit a very suprising one

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After all the BS on here this is one I would like to see... As well as Jason Koumas

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05 Jul 2011 21:09:51
Grayson should go for long term targets Hooper hammill delph eustace

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What planet are you on? only Eustace a realistic one for us there

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Delph is a possibilty on loan. But lets be honest... We want fresh players not ex players unless there heart is in it 100%. Bowyer would be best from the bunch... Injury free. Regular player for brum last season. Smith n woodgate as good as they r would be massive risks... N can we afford that risk?

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05 Jul 2011 21:03:55
jonathon woodgate to choose between Brighton and Leeds but is believed to prefer linking up with Gus Poyet again

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When were Woodgate and Poyet ever at the same club? {Ed015's Note - yes, spurs}

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05 Jul 2011 20:38:08
Bates is a count.Well be waiting all summer for anyone half decent to sign.All the money has already been spent on stadium redevelopment (on a stadium we supposedly don't even own) which may break even after 11years and yachts.Meanwhile Leicester and Ipswich are spending money (sensibly) and West Ham and Birmingham look strong.Not to mention all the other teams that finished above us last year and have also strengthened.We will do well to finish mid table (paying pl prices)

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Get a grip man. Bates ain't spending our money at all bates is spending his money.just wait and see what happens we told we don't own stadium but why would bates build on it if he was nothing to do with it.

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Mid table if were lucky Pal..And yes who duz own ER.??????..M.O.T

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I don't doubt that Bates somehow owns ER through one of his dodgy offshore companies that's why I say supposedly but I cannot agree with your comment re his money.We supposedly need 20k a week to break even, we average nearer 30k.We have had the Delph money, Man City/Chelsea money for our youngsters, money from cup runs last2years, 20%Milner sell on clause......etc but none of this is invested in the playing side.Not to mention we have the likes of Robinson, Michalik, Sheehan, Killkenny, Johnson, Schmeical off our wage bill, a wage bill that is around 35%turnover in a league where most clubs spend at least double that amount....we are in a position to really kick on and Bates is holding us back.The sooner other fans realize the better. {Ed015's Note - Bates is a clever man, you will see,give it time}

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Ed, I don't think Bates is clever.His Chelsea village project had some merit in West London, but in Beeston?I don't know what he thinks he is playing at.Ipswich, Leicester, West Ham, Birmingham are spending the money/paying the wages, thus the players are turning us down and they will be in the promotion race and we will not.I'm all for improving the stadium but why not do it after we have a product (good team) playing in prem.If Bates was prepared to speculate a little he could potentially earn much higher returns in prem with his boxes.He has it the wrong way round.We need 4-5 strong championship players to even be competitive and no sign of them {Ed015's Note - just be patient jeeze! 90% of fans ask for too much too soon, as a fellow leeds fan i am asking you to just relax! }

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I don't want to jump on the "Slag Bates off Band Wagon", but other teams are snapping up players. Leicester have again got another signing in Nugent, ok we don't need forwards, but he'll do a job and they got him on a free. They are paying good wages, we can't. Unless Bates is looking to sell us and he is making sure we are solvent I'm baffled at the lack of activity. All this rubbish about Smith, Bowyer and Woody is a smoke screen.

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We CAN pay the wages (our turnover much higher than Leicester, debt levels much lower).Bates just refuses to pay them.I'm no advocate of going back to Ridsdale era but no harm in showing a bit of ambition.Ok last year was a consolidation year but Bates is showing his true intentions now.We were in for Westwood, Norris, Danns.All would have walked into our first team but joined more ambitious clubs.

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With the new transfer rules coming into play in 2012 it is sensible to invest in ways that will increase revenue e.g the stadium. Bates is building for the future. It makes sense

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I don't buy the fact Leicester are spending money wisely, what do you think Nugent has cost them on a 3 year deal (a lot is the answer) he flopped badly in the premier league and is at best a championship striker (and not as good as Becchio in my opinion). I would be cautious if I was a Leicester fan, if they don't go up it could all go tits up very quickly, there is no way they can be sustaining the wage bill through their turnover, impossible.

Bates is being canny, the money he's spending on the ground isn't for cosmetic reasons, it's all aimed at generating income to increase our turnover so when the financial fair play initative comes in, we will be in a position to compete in the top half of the Premier League (something that 90% of all the clubs who are throwing money around will NOT be able to do).

We all need to relax, this is very much a medium / long term solution and the football world will change when finances start to get regulated, we're in a great position to take advantage of this and if that means spending another year in the Championship then so be it.

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Bates doesnt spend our money hahahaha the funiiest thing Ive heard on here to date

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05 Jul 2011 19:58:12
Leicester sign david nugent on 3 year deal Are they going to just sign everyone Leeds are linked with? {Ed015's Note - like the man city of championship}

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We get linked with all the best players who are prepared to play at Championship level , Leicester however sign them all ............. oh except Mackail- Smith who amazingly preferred Brighton {Ed015's Note - Mackail- Smith to Brighton is probably the best signing outside the premier league so far}

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05 Jul 2011 19:50:36
'On 4th July 2011, Lonergan joined Leeds United for 10 million quid in order to replace Kasper Schmeichel and Shane Higgs who had both left the club'

Wikipedia quote... Obviously bulls*t...

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05 Jul 2011 19:07:15
Leeds interested in Peter whittingham to replace Kilkenny

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Seen as whitingham is a winger I dowt it will be to replace killa

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I am sure we would be interested as he is quality in this league as is Chris Burke who I think is also available. However if we couldn't meet Bradley Johnsons wage demands ( and he wanted to stay ) trust me we can't tempt Whittingham

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Seen as when he came on for cardiff last year he often came on in center mid..

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05 Jul 2011 19:04:19
Jonathan Pitroipa.
Defensive Midfielder.
SV Hamburg.
Submitted transfer request.
In talks with Rennes.
Heard a very very daring whisper Leeds could hijack the deal.
Would require a fee tho, couple of million.
Wages not too high.
Work Permit shouldnt be needed as although he plays international football for Burkina Faso, he has played in Germany a while.
25 year old.
The next Michael Essien.
I dont know how true this is though.
2+2 can sometimes make 5

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Cant see it somehow Rennes reportedly paying 3 million Euros also he is described as an attacking midfielder

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Is this the same Jonathan Pitroipa that was said to be close to signing for Rennes yesterday for 3.5 million Euro's ?
Any sensible rumours out there ?

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He's a right winger/wing forward

On FIFA his stats say he's faster than Walcott. So stop posting crap When I seen this I had to laugh that some sad'o went through all that effort just to be found out. If you were true Leeds you'd be looking a playing in there proper positions that would actually come and wear the beloved White strip

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Going ro Rennes to replace M'Vila who will go at Arsenal

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05 Jul 2011 18:56:18
Wikipedia, that well-known source of reliable information, has Andy Lonergan down as a Leeds player as of today, July 5th. Are they jumping the gun or what?

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Hahaha u jokin any one can edit it look i have just edited it to say hes signed for 10million

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It says neither of those statements on his page, therefore whoever attempted to edit it is hopeless as any tool can edit wikipedia but they have done it wrong

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05 Jul 2011 18:55:57
Leeds to sign Fabian Delph and Jermain Beckford back on loan. Also to sign 19 year old french midfieder Fofana who will play in the Bradley Johnson role.

Source Simon Graysons son Joe Grayson

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05 Jul 2011 18:33:10
Harry #Kewell may consider a return, Source, Sydney daily news. {Ed015's Note - over mine and all other leeds fans dead bodies!}

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Kewell can consider all he wants, he can f**king stay in oz the judas prick {Ed015's Note - Oz dont want him}

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Mate how bored were you to post this. I nearly choked on my weetabix.

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That's an unfortunate turn of phrase Ed in the circumstances. {Ed015's Note - maybe not the best choice of words considering he went to turkey, no offence intended!}

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He wouldn't dare, and with all the greif him and his missus have received from fellow whites they know the score. It would be Impossible for a return.


{Ed010's Note -last post on the subject. Thanks to all. Thread now locked.

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05 Jul 2011 18:32:42
Davide Somma is said to be delighted that Simon Grayson is bringing in Preston Keeper Andy Lonergan to Thorp Arch this summer, having scored 2 in the 4 conceded by lonergan in the first half at Elland Road last season.

Somma is delighted Schmeichel wont be in goal and is looking to impress Grayson on the training ground by scoring goals galore past Lonergan and Rachubka and get into the starting lineup.

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05 Jul 2011 17:58:04
Please good somone post something with some substance..C'mon Ed, you must know something...... {Ed015's Note - 2signings by the end off the week hopefully}

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05 Jul 2011 17:37:00
possible rethink from grayson lonegron or dudek ed what u think {Ed015's Note - both?}

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05 Jul 2011 18:15:24
5.15pm Top of Range White Range rover, blacked out windows the lot leaving Elland Rd Carpark heading for M62 westbound reg no N6 SVP any idea's

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No such vehicle... Just checked DVLA web site

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Number 6 is his favourite number but Hamburg SV would only give him number 21. Jonathan Pitroipa is in talks with Leeds. Defensive midfielder from hamburg SV. 25 years old. Would require a fee tho he is desperate to leave Hamburg SV and Rennes have also been in talks. Good old Mervyn Day is doing his job. N6 SVP (sv hamburg/Pitroipa).

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Yeah I saw same When I was at the farthers day meal other week. It was a Indian family driving

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Shaun Vight Phillips the now german international

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Ok it was me, my car, So King the window cleaner, Bates and other directors, best tippers in yorkshire

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SVP Sports maybe? Sportswear (mostly footwear) stockists

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It'll be Stuart parnaby as his name is stutt vince parnaby

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I think its highly unlikely that a player looking to leave Hamburg is likely to fly over to Leeds, buy a Range Rover and a personal 'Hamburg' plate in the UK
I think SVP is more likely to be Robin's brother.................Stan Van Persie

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05 Jul 2011 17:19:20
owen hargreaves coming to leeds should be before end of the week. i know paul scholes and he told me watch this space mot

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If he comes instead of smith I'll sulk....
no seriously, if Smithys past it and injury prone Hargreaves is a major risk - what's up with Leeds transfer policy atm? {Ed015's Note - remember we havent signed him, its just a rumour}

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Of course, that's what it's for but I just thought I'd be amusing for a change lol ;)

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We could not afford hargreves wages. Even on pay as it would be expensive as he could be fit for a full season we never no I carnt see him stoping down

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I'd like to see it if he came for a decent fee but he'll ask too much for what he's worth

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05 Jul 2011 16:49:14
As we no Bates, doesnt like spending money
What about Lee Carsley, free agent, good player {Ed015's Note - didnt he have injury problems?}

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Lee Carsley was a good player 10 years ago. He is 37 and has been injured for as long as I can remember ffs, what on earth is he going to bring to the team you muppet.

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05 Jul 2011 16:45:28
I know we have enough wingers but wouldn't ian hume be a good signing, bet we could get him cheap and he scores goals with a team as terrible as preston so think what he could do with Leeds

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05 Jul 2011 16:27:47
Leeds to take a gamble on two young arsenal players benik afobe and chucks aneke

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Give our own youngsters the experience, SG seems to think that bringing youngster from other clubs for season long loans is for the benefit of the club. what logic is that??

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05 Jul 2011 16:26:32
I seen andrew lonergan earlier today outside elland road

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Why would he be at Elland Rd. If he was anywhere he would be at thorpe arch.

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Getting shown round maybe, sometimes players get shown round before signing.

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I wish this silly rumour vanishes?? I'm sure we have a youngster who can do the job, LUFC always produced Keepers.

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Im working on elland road and neither i or any other lad have ever seen player or manager there

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05 Jul 2011 16:14:39
Leeds United - Transfer Rumours

Name - Andy Lonergan
Age - 27
Position - GK
Club - Preston North End

Other info - He has 207 Championship appearances under his belt with Preston. He has also won Preston's player of the year award during the 08/09 season and also the 2009/10 season.

Linked - After relegation from The Championship Lonergan was linked with moves to Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Everton.

Quotes - 2009/10 During the summer Premier League club West Brom had 3 seperate bids rejected for Lonergan, with Preston manager Darren Ferguson claiming he valued Lonergan at £20 million and that he didn't want to sell him.

>>> Crawford

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Grayson will have serious egg on his face, if hes signed him, He has already stated he wanted a keeper better than Kasper
This guy leaked in more goals than kasper did last season

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Lonergan had a great first half against Leeds at Elland Road last season. He only let 4 in. Which was better than Higgs 6. Hope he doesnt come Otherwise Somma is gonna have a field day in training lol

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And where is the rumour? Any person can cut'n'paste off Wiki or the BBC Sport site.

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05 Jul 2011 15:58:03
grayson intrested in jaimie vardy from halifax 34 goals last season great pace {Ed015's Note - Vardy wants to stay in west yorkshire, as far as im aware its either leeds or huddersfield as bradford isnt up to the standard}

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05 Jul 2011 15:32:24
Lonergan has joined Leeds

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Seems like it's a done deal but nothing has confirmed he has 'officially signed' yet

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I'm not saying it won't happen, but I have not seen anything confirming this just yet.

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05 Jul 2011 15:17:34
lonergan has signed for leeds daily telegraph online, NO.1

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05 Jul 2011 15:14:55
according to the Dailymail Lonergan has signed for Leeds already (200k)
saw it here:

www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2011447/Spurs-face-Giuseppe-Rossi-battle-Leeds-land-Lonergan--THE-INSIDER.html

i dont know how much truth there is behind it but he seems to be highly rated {Ed015's Note - its not saying he has signed, its saying its basically a done deal, }

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Great deal. replaced both our keepers with more experience and better quality, plus 800k+ profit.

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If this is true then pappa smurf and SG have pulled off a real deal....have patience

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05 Jul 2011 14:42:13
Leeds to announce the signing of Emile Heskey in the next couple of days with the striker signing a 2 year contract with the club. Heskey will join his new team mates in the following days, the fee believed to have been accepted by Aston Villa is 235, 500. Heskey is keen to join Leeds to revitalise his career

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What a load of rubbish a fee of 235, 500
pluck a finger out of the air ?
the latest odds are leicester 2.5, leeds 7/1

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Why the hell would Leeds won't some one like him he is rubbish

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Dno y everyone moans about heskey hes experienced and for him to keep playing after all abuse ppl give him shows hes passionate for the game so i wouldnt mind bringing him in

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Bring him in, he'll do a job in the Championship

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I wouldn't mind seeing Heskey at Leeds, everyone knows he aint there to score goals, but he is great at holding up the ball and bringing others into play so would not be a bad move, although i don't think it will happen, and no way at the price stated

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I heard he was going to Blackpool as he knows there's a long term career opportunity there for him with all the other Donkey's on the beach

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Doesnt anyone listed to SG? He has already confirmed he is looking to improve the defence and midfield, not the strike force, so why would we go for Heskey? He is less mobile than the East Stand.

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05 Jul 2011 14:36:37
Leeds has had an offer for 120,000 for 20 year old Greek defender Apostolou who plays for Ethinikos Asteras. According to rumours, Paulos Apostolou will have a medical test at Thorp Arch.

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I'm sure with their financial position Leeds could dig the pockets and buy alot of Greeks for on the cheap.

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05 Jul 2011 12:51:18
Rumour has it that Lonergan will be signing for Everton not Leeds. Iain Turner (was at Everton but now unattached) going in opposite direction.

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Lonergan went to train with Everton, under the watchful eye of former boss David Moyes, as part of the deal that took Turner on loan from Everton to PNE.

Source Lancashire Evening Post

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05 Jul 2011 12:43:34
radio leeds sports news at 12.04 said that leeds met lonergon yestaday and is expected to sign today. Im sayin what i heard so no abuse please lol {Ed015's Note - wonder if he could be number to dudek number 1}

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05 Jul 2011 09:21:56
Leeds are after the highly rated Michael Hughes, former cm at Sydney FC. He is currently being linked with Blackpool and is a free agent. Which will suit Mr. Bates

Watch this space

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05 Jul 2011 09:13:40
Leeds are looking at former Sydney FC cm Michael Hughes, maining known as 'Jockyness' as an ideal replacement for Johnson.
Source, Sean le Roque

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05 Jul 2011 08:45:30
www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/9120597.Leeds_United_boss_won_t_be_rushed_into_signings/

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05 Jul 2011 08:41:10
leeds top sign beckford on loan until end of the season

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Beckford pleaase stay away, we can do without you.

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Why would everton want to send him onn loan he did well 1st season and will do better this

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05 Jul 2011 08:17:36
Simon Grayson is a good manager, and Ken Bates is a shrewd businessman. Bates won't break the bank to get players in, and he and Grayson will only consider players who are passionate about the club, which, in my opinion, is fair enough. With the amount of free agents floating about each year on the increase, there is bound to be some talent out there who would love the chance to play for Leeds Let's not forget also, that there will be players from all the other top countries on free transfers aswell, maybe we shouldn't be looking so close to home (Don't forget where Becchio came from)

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Dont forget grayson had nothing to do with bringing Becchio to Leeds.
Fed up reading this Grayson and Bates love fest, its utter bollocks. If free agents was the way to go every club would be doing it, they arent. If the club wants to progress it has to look at the players it needs to improve not just limit itself to those that are free (cheap).

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I agree but lets not jump on the band wagon.... the transfer window isnt shut yet so why do people insist on talking like we havent and wont sign anybody? its pretty obvious SG has ideas of who he wants and just cos we havent signed them yet doesnt mean we wont. i am a little frustrated in the lack of activity but the only lack of activity is players signing... im pretty sure there is plenty work going on behind the scenes to sort that out MOT

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It seems that Bates is relying on our fan base, the facilities, the ground and the history to persuade players to come to us. Passionate about playing for the club is one thing, but no player is going to do it for shoddy wages.

You pay peanuts you get monkeys and all that

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Leeds seem to do well at the start of the season then fad very foolishly at the end. SG needs to get to grips with this, he is the gafer.

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We have loads of players that arent passionate about the club

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05 Jul 2011 08:02:15
Ed...do you think we have missed planned targets and thats why its quiet.... {Ed015's Note - nope}

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We definately missed out on Bowyer due to tight purse strings

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Ed u got that wrong ken bates has said we lost three targets to premier league sides {Ed015's Note - but if you think about it. everyone is a target, SG will have atleast 6or7 top targets for each position, no need to worry just yet}

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05 Jul 2011 12:25:55
In regards to Kilkenney leaving, we have a ready made and BETTER replacement in Ramon Nunez waitng in the wings. Outstanding on loan for Scunny and shining on international duty for Honduras, his range of passing FAR exceeds that of NK or BJ, his vision is sublime PLUS he has an eye for a cheeky goal or six That said, he needs a combative, gritty midfield partner to do the graft and let him express himself and IMHO either Montgomery or Smith would fit the bill perfectly.
Click believable if you agree. In Grayson we trust MOT.

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As much as id love smithy to come back I don't know if it'll happen tbh

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No idea what your basing this analysis on. Nunez will only play if Howson, snodgrass or gradel doesnt OTHERWISE Leeds will be even more wide open in midfield than last season. On the basis that Howson, Snodgrass, Gradel and Becchio will all play the only place nunez is going is on the bench. Leeds need two strong central midfield players and nunez wont be one of them.

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05 Jul 2011 12:20:42
I see Peter Risdale is back in football, buying Plymouth for £1
Why is this dodgy guy back in football ?, after what he did at LEEDS and Cardiff

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I agree but like a lot of business in UK. only the crap seems to do well. He brought leeds to ruins, almost history.

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05 Jul 2011 12:15:36
I despair at the thought of Ian Harte ever putting on a Leeds shirt ever again It may sound a sweeping statement but I felt that he was the weekest link by a country mile when Leeds were at their best and it amazed me how long it took other clubs to realise it not to mention David O'Leary. If Leeds had spent a little more at the time on John Arne Riise we may still be talking of beating Valencia and going on to be European Cup winners not to mention further trophies ETC. I could never understand why people favoured a man who scored decent goals from freekicks and so on...but gave away many more goals at the back? I think I may have laboured this point. G

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Harte would be a great signing now though. Hes been awesome at reading

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At championship level he is good but was woefully exposed in the playoffs
I'm not too sure ken bates will pay for any of the old boys to return unless they take drastic wage cuts

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I think this is spot on. ian harte was a liability defensively and was only in the side to take the odd free kick. admittedly he did score some great free kicks but that alone was not worth his place in the side. Lets look forwards and not backwards. dont forget that the names being thrown into the ring were all part of the team that were relegated so convincingly

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Couldnt agree more, Harte was over-rated, half the time he struggled to get a corner in the air

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It is no hidden fact how much weight harte put on towards the end of his leeds carrer.but he earnt the respect of the fans. and remember how important some of these freekicks and long range goals were. must be one of the only people to come back to elland road and be clappd by the kop

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Couldn't run couldn't jump couldn't tackle couldn't head a ball and couldn't pass and that's when he was in his prime.
Capable of stunning free kicks now and again and reliable from the spot . Quite simply he was the weakest link and opponents knew it

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05 Jul 2011 12:05:33
I don't blame KB or SG it's simple mathematics - Leeds have no where near enough money to compete with the big boys Leeds can no longer consider themselves a BIG Club - its official
After years of following Leeds United through ups and too many to mention downs I can only say well done for last year by almost achieving a play off place on peanuts.
Without a doubt Leeds missed the big chance last year and a mid table position could prove tricky this year. There seems to be a lot more clubs in the championship with cash to spend this year. I fear the worst for Leeds - A very despondant though realist Leeds supporter

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Chin up, your pint is half full not half empty - auto promotion this year

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Don't talk utter rubbish why are so many of u so downbeat get behind the lads u so called supporters who follow them through thick And thin ups and downs get real, get positive and give the lads and Grayson the full support the mighty whites deserve.promotion this year.
LUFC always x

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Leeds have plenty of cash, where else is the 7m for the east stand coming from? Bates simply wants to turn a profit each year, and if at the same time he gets promotion then so be it, but so far our tight fistedness has cost us a place in the championship play offs, so we need to rethink our approach overall.

We have raised over 1m by selling schmeicel plus his wages of around 17K a week, plus Bradders and Killas wages are around the 10K a week mark each, so there is plenty of wriggle room to get decent players and not hunt round for freebies.

Take a leaf out of leicesters book and speculate a little on your greatest asset that will deliver 20M a year in revenue in the prem league, the players.

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It will be peanuts again this year, and next, and next, we will stay in this division for ten years.

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Leeds are one of only 5/6 clubs not actually in debt, so to say we don't have money is just wrong.

We don't have a chairman that wants to spend money, would be a more accurate statement.

I'm not over worried so far, Kasper was good but not great, Killa was... OK the biggest loss will be Bradley, and then he really only started performing when it became apparent he wanted to leave and would need to play well to showcase himself.

I have a feeling SG has something up his sleeve for this transfer window and that is why he isn't rushing into many signings. I was a bit disappointed we didn't get Danny Green, as I think he would have been a good prospect for the future, but it seems SG wants to focus on the now and has his heart set on some older players, especially with Dudek & Bowyer, they can't have long left in the tank, so may just want another pay day

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05 Jul 2011 11:59:49
Ins:
Lonergan
Lichaj (Loan)
Woodgate
Smith
Montgomery - Swap for Paynter

Team for next season:
-----------Lonergan------------
Lichaj--Woodgate-Kisnorbo--McCartney
----------Montgomery----------
-------Smith----Howson--------
Gradel------------------Snodgrass
--------------Becchio-----------

Subs: Rachubka, O'Brien, Bruce, Sam, Somma, McCormack, Clayton

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McCartney was a loan you tool, he also won't be coming back 1) he was almost entirely useless and 2) Bates outed him with his usual slander anyway

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McCartney definitley will not be in the team next season hence ken bates comments about him at the end of last season good team apart from that although where is Nunez?

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Since when did McCartney come back? I thought he went back to Sunderland accompanied by a very public slagging off (as he does) from Papa Smurf.

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I heard McCartney could be on his way back on a free as Grayson wants him. Not sure how true it is (as we seem to belinked with everybody these days)

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...... grayson has already admitted the 4-4-2 is coming back with mccormack and beccio up front {Ed015's Note - no he hasnt}

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05 Jul 2011 11:34:43
all hands on dudek sounds catchy to me, it'll be in the papers over the next week

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05 Jul 2011 11:21:24
When is Dudek gonna be coming to lufc, and what other players our link with are club

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05 Jul 2011 11:10:51
I think Ken Bates is just trying to keep the fans quiet with rumours of signing like Smith, Woodgate, Bowyer, Dudek etc...
We will end up with about 4 new experienced signings who are not wanted by other clubs and are at the end of their careers...

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I agree, we need to move on. I always liked Smith but now we have to move on with young players.

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05 Jul 2011 11:07:38
All this talk of how many goals Goalkeeper X has conceded compared to Goalkeeper Y is complete rubbish. It's not just the keepers fault that a team concede the goals, he can be world class and play behind a clueless defence and concede more than an average keeper behind a solid well drilled defence.

I have experience of this where one year I played behind a great defence and conceded half as many as the next year when we had to rotate the defence a lot as we had a lot of injuries.

If Leeds can get some better defenders in to shore up a pretty leaky defence then Lonergan if he signs would be a good first choice keeper. I'm not saying he's a world beater but will do a good job for you.

I'll be honest i'm not a Leeds fan, I support SWFC but I live in Leeds and want them to do well. I'd like to see a yorkshire team back in the premiership and your the best shot at the minute. Although I am glad you got Bates and not us, we'd be dead and buried by now :)

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05 Jul 2011 10:51:35
who thinks the best old boy to bring back would be Ian Harte?

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Great lad but too slow and not aggresive enough. The left back we need is Dickinson from Stoke.

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Nobody except you....he was too slow 10 years ago. stop being a tool.

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05 Jul 2011 04:57:16
The Friendly with Sandefjord is part of a deal to bring in their young forward Fredrik Gulsvik to Leeds, similar style player to John Carew, has played alot as a second striker & as a winger.

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"Similar style player to John Carew, has played alot as a second striker or as a winger"

Thats a contradiction then as Carew is Target man style striker not a support one

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Second striker and winger? So nothing like Carew then?

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How can he be a winger if hes similar to carew? When was the last time carew played on a wing??

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Carew is a big guy but in his formative years he was more skillful than the back to goal style player he's become playing in England so not contradictory at all, this lad is 6'4 but has a great touch & is pretty quick,

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Carew became a target man in Spain and Norway, not when he came to England. From what I hear of this lad he doesn't YET have the strength to play like Carew, so is often used behind the main striker or floating to the wings a la Henry in his pomp.

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