Leeds Rumours Archive January 06 2011

 

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06 Jan 2011 22:36:56
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Simon Grayson has confirmed Leeds United will be interested in the loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur's Jonathan Woodgate, if the player becomes available.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has previously stated his belief that the central defender would benefit from regular first-team action as he continues his long return from injury.

Woodgate made over 100 appearances for the Elland Road side between 1998 and 2003 before many injury-hit years at the likes of Newcastle United and Real Madrid, and has not appeared from Spurs since November 2009.

"We're a big attraction and we've proved that in the past. We're a big football club and I want to show our intentions, " Grayson told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"If Jonathan Woodgate or anyone else who's played in the Premier League will make us better then we'll try and sign them.

"I'm sure if any manager in the Championship or the Premier League was offered Jonathan Woodgate, they'd have to consider it."

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06 Jan 2011 22:16:24
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There will be no one coming in to Leeds before someone leaves, B Johnson and M Gradel are the key here neither will be leaving till after the Arsenal game.

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06 Jan 2011 21:29:10
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Mccartney back on loan till end of season

06 Jan 2011 21:23:22
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YAKUBU to LEDDS on LOAN

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06 Jan 2011 21:01:16
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Wayne bridge to elland road!

06 Jan 2011 20:56:18
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David healy to leeds on loan

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06 Jan 2011 20:10:38
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Neil Danns, Bradley Wright-philips to leeds in next couple of weeks. Dedryk Boyata on loan for rest of season

06 Jan 2011 19:52:38
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Leeds in talks with Bolton over ricardo Gardner

06 Jan 2011 19:52:15
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Leeds to buy Adam Hamill

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06 Jan 2011 19:40:43
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Jack Colback is currently in talks with Leeds United.

Simon Grayson tried to sign him in the Summer but the Sunderland midfield player decided to stay on loan at Ipswich at the time.

If terms can be agreed Sunderland are willing to let him go.

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06 Jan 2011 19:08:23
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If your going togo on about seeing Smithy, in a hotel, at services etc. Why CANT YOU PUT A PICTURE ON THE SIGHTING PAGE TO BACK THIS UP!?

06 Jan 2011 19:01:17
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Leeds in talks with plymouth over a fee for Bradley wright-philiphs

06 Jan 2011 18:50:30
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Michael johnson seen leaving the cosmopolitan hotel in leeds with aonther bloke. said to be his agent at 18.52

06 Jan 2011 18:26:46
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And which hotel was Michael Johnson seen at then?

06 Jan 2011 18:08:32
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Simon Grayson confirmed at today's press conference Leeds had NOT made any approach for Alan Smith

06 Jan 2011 18:06:58
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Newcastle have bid for Gradel. Smith will be heading to Leeds on loan as a makeweight in the deal, the rest of the money to be spent on Hamill as a replacement.

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06 Jan 2011 18:01:20
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Stop posting absolute rubbish. people saying they saw smithy at services is clearly joking, and the iceland driver, hmm not heard of a footballers diet consisting solely of pizza.
i listened to the SG press conference, and not at all did he say that we wouldn't be signing him in fact he said he likes both woody and smithy, and if they were available he would have to try and get them. all that was confirmed was that there has been no contact between the clubs. sounds like a cry out for them both to return to me!. MOT!

06 Jan 2011 17:59:54
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Michael johnson seen in leeds city hotel! @ 17.45

06 Jan 2011 17:56:40
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I just find it hard to believe that everyone that has provided Smudger with a service today knows about this website! I actually think he will sign, he's not been playing for Newcastle, all that time spent doing nothing I bet he's been dreaming of a starting place at Leeds!

06 Jan 2011 17:53:08
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Leeds United manager Simon Grayson stated at today's press conference that the club had not made any enquiry about former player Alan Smith.Grayson did note rule out a move in the future but stated that so far it was not on the agenda.The manager confirmed there would be no new faces coming into the club before this weekends F.A Cup clash with Arsenal. Grayson admits the lure of Leeds could see Woodgate return to West Yorkshire, saying any side in the second tier would have to seriously consider the benefits of having him on their books."We're a big attraction and we've proved that in the past. We're a big football club and I want to show our intentions, " he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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06 Jan 2011 17:38:43
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Anyone got any decent shouts on Leeds transfers?
Cheers

06 Jan 2011 17:02:22
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Woodgate would be available for free without his wages as Spurs just want him fit.

We would have to pay a good whack of his wages, but he would still be cheap cover for Kilkenny.

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Kilkenny is a midfielder and Woodgate is a defender

06 Jan 2011 16:24:07
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Lol you lot are making my cough go off the scale I'm laughing so hard! I'm the biggest Smudger fan going but this is absolutely ridiculous. Number one, the guy who said Smudger was at the services - you're clearly taking the mickey, number two, the bloke who said about Iceland well you're clearly sarcastic! Poor editor must be fed up of all this drivel! ! {ed's note - I find it very entertaining.}

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06 Jan 2011 16:11:44
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To counter this post "I posted the following this morning. . ."I work at the services on the A1 . . Alan Smith just been in. . I asked him if he was coming back to Leeds . . he declined to comment . . however I can exclusively reveal he did buy a Daily Star, A Flake and a bottle of Evian". . . I do not believe it . . . he has come back again this afternoon. . . didn't buy a paper this time. . . but bought 3 flakes for £1.80 on offer in our store. . . maybe he is splashing out part of his signing on fee already! Also bought a bottle of Lucozade £1.39 versus the Evian at 89p. . judging by his increased spending power he has obviously banked a substantial signing on fee."

I work for Iceland as a delivery man - I have just delivered a substantial amount of Frozen food (lots of Pizza, Ice cream, frozen veg, chips, ready meals) to alan smiths house just outside Newcastle . . I ask you . . would you be filling your freezer if you was moving clubs / house . . the answer is an empthatic NO . . smith is staying put!

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06 Jan 2011 15:43:39
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To the person who calls me a liar
I'm jst relaying the exact comment by the man himself, listen to the conference yourself, I've already heard it, Yorkshire radio at 5:30, I am gracious I'm acceptin apologies I dnt gloat!
So you can believe rumours from tom, dick or harry or you can believe the manager in the know, tactical maybe but still I choose to believe SG than joe bloggs

06 Jan 2011 15:39:01
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I posted the following this morning. . ."I work at the services on the A1 . . Alan Smith just been in. . I asked him if he was coming back to Leeds . . he declined to comment . . however I can exclusively reveal he did buy a Daily Star, A Flake and a bottle of Evian". . . I do not believe it . . . he has come back again this afternoon. . . didn't buy a paper this time. . . but bought 3 flakes for £1.80 on offer in our store. . . maybe he is splashing out part of his signing on fee already! Also bought a bottle of Lucozade £1.39 versus the Evian at 89p. . judging by his increased spending power he has obviously banked a substantial signing on fee.

06 Jan 2011 15:37:03
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Leeds United News

No transfers in before the Arsenal game and no approaches for Alan Smith or John Woodgate
source: Simon Grayson's Thursdays press conference

anyone heard anything about Jack Colback coming in or the swap deal involving Bradley Johnson and Jamie Ward

06 Jan 2011 15:33:09
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Well to the person who was expecting phone calls why the heck would Smith be interested in snooping around Thorp arch if Graysons definitely not interested? It's all very odd. Grayson repeatedly said he's not made an enquiry in the press conference. Hmmm. Ed - confused.com?! Someones telling huge porky pies! ! {ed's note - he could be just interested in having a look round, lots of players do go and visit previous clubs when they get a chance.}

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06 Jan 2011 15:29:53
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To person who said grayson said no enquiry at all , that is a lie as grayson has always said he will not comment on transfer . And also , saying no transfer to be made b4 Saturday could be a tactical decision , in order for aresenal not to prep and analyze certain players , e.g. Not preparing for smith etc .

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06 Jan 2011 15:24:50
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Phone call in 15 mins earlier than expected. Unfortunately the deal with newcastle's Leon Best looks increasingly unlikely due to his impressive performance last night against west ham scoring a hat-trick. Some positive news now, Leeds have been linked with out if favour Bolton veteran Ricardo Gardner in order to strengthen the midfield. Gardner has not played yet this season for Bolton and the year long loan would be seen as a good way of Leeds getting the premier league experience they desire. Ed, researching into your comment I agree, although my source has confirmed Adam Hammil is on Grayson's radar . I am happy for people to ask me to clarify the speculation regarding transfers with Leeds United in order to clear things with fans. Thanks

06 Jan 2011 15:24:43
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I wrote the part below, anyone who thinks what I wrote is unbelievable the press conference is on Yorkshire radio at 5:30pm
smith is not coming people and also no new signings before weekend, get used to it and av a day off

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06 Jan 2011 15:22:34
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To ed , Adam hammils exit clause is in fact 500000 to any club , seeing as they signed him from such a young age .

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06 Jan 2011 15:15:17
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No enquiry made atal for alan smith, and no signings to be made before the weekend.

Source: Simon grayson during the arsenal press conference 15mins ago

can we put the alan smith thing to rest now idiots

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06 Jan 2011 14:43:18
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Strong sources from thorp arch (LUFC training ground) have told me that Alan Smith has come to look at the changes to thorp arch since he was last here. Could this be a sign a move is near? The same source has also told me that a 500k bid is soon going to be launched for young midfielder Adam Hammil, triggering his minimum release clause. Finally, Lucas Radebe has been seen helping out with the coaching of the back four, not as a player, as a coach. Will update again when heard more, expecting a call in 40 mins with latest {ed's note - the Hammill minimum release clause is only for Liverpool to buy him back. That is the price he was bought for, there is no way he would have that low a minimum release clause for anyone else.}

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06 Jan 2011 14:27:23
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Woodgate would be available for free without his wages as Spurs just want him fit.

We would have to pay a good whack of his wages, but he would still be cheap cover for Kilkenny.

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06 Jan 2011 14:15:11
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I think there is some truth in the Smith/Woody rumors because SG is quick to deny possible signings but he has not denied these two.

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06 Jan 2011 13:35:48
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Speculation continues regarding two of the stars of Leeds United's 2001/02 UEFA Champions League squad returning to Elland Road.

Simon Grayson is understood to be interested not only in bringing Alan Smith back to the club, but there is mounting speculation that Jonathan Woodgate is another target. The Tottenham Hotspur central defender was not named in the White Hart Lane club's Premier League squad due to his long term groin injury. The 30 year old has now recovered and is in need of games to work his way back to full fitness. Spurs manager told the press over the Christmas period: "Anyone who loans Jonathan Woodgate is getting one of the best centre halves in the Premier League and I would be willing to do that just to give him some games."

Doncaster Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City are all reported to be interested in the former England international.

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06 Jan 2011 13:14:20
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If woodgate isn't a financially possible deal, then why not sign another ex whites defender to help stop leaking the goals? Matt Kilgallon is avalibe probably as he never plays for sunderland and would be quality to play with obrien with kisnorbo and bruce as back up

06 Jan 2011 13:11:23
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To be fair I've been on this website a few times and I have to agree with you, as much as I like commenting on the rumours. We're not going to know the truth until a Press Conference happens or there's a statement on the website. Personally speaking if there was no truth in any of the Smith/Woodgate stuff Simon and or Ken would put it to bed asap, so lets just see what the next few days brings.

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06 Jan 2011 12:35:13
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People are you so stupid as to believe that Alan Smith have been seen anywhere near Leeds recently, All these "i've seen Smith on the A1 and at a Hotel and at a pub in Rothwell and i know his relatives".

I mean c'mon he may have been at the games last couple of weeks but to all these people who are stating that they have inside info and other crap like that need to just shut up! I seriously doubt anybody on this forum knows Smith or his family so stop believing this crap and look for credible sources that are actually believable.

On another note i would love Smith and Woodgate to sign i think they will add some passion into squad.

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06 Jan 2011 11:51:26
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To the person who said:

I work at the services on the A1 . . Alan Smith just been in I asked him if he was coming back to Leeds . . he eclined to comment . . however I can exclusively reveal he did buy a Daily Star, A Flake and a bottle of Evian. . additionally he did say it was 'Cold out' could this be a sign?

Where on the A1 do you work? Anywhere near LUFC training ground?

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06 Jan 2011 11:37:38
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Could someone please tell me why Leeds don't act immediately and get the likes of Michael Johnson, Woodgate and Smith into the team so we will no longer ship the amount of goals we have been - why the delay in the players coming if, as suggested they want to be here?

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06 Jan 2011 11:08:34
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Simon Grayson has left the door open for Jonathan Woodgate to return to Leeds United by refusing to declare himself out of the running to sign the Tottenham Hotspur defender.

Spurs have made Woodgate available for loan with the intention of sending him to a Championship club this month, and Grayson said he and every other manager in United's league would "have to consider" the option of taking the former Leeds player.

Woodgate, 29, is recovering from the latest in a series of serious injuries that have punctured his career, and Tottenham are willing to send him out of White Hart Lane for the second half of the season.

Doubts persist about Woodgate's physical condition some 13 months after his last senior appearance for Spurs, but he is still recognised as one of England's most gifted centre-backs and appears to have overcome a long-standing groin problem.

Grayson said: "We're a big attraction and we've proved that in the past. We're a big football club and I want to show our intentions.

"If Jonathan Woodgate or anyone else who's played in the Premier League will make us better then we'll try and sign them. I'm sure if any manager in the Championship or the Premier League was offered Jonathan Woodgate, they'd have to consider it."

Woodgate is fondly remembered in Leeds for a career at Elland Road which ran between 1998 and 2003 and saw United's academy product make more than 100 appearances for the club. He was sold to Newcastle United by former chairman Peter Ridsdale in an unpopular attempt to reduce the club's debts.

The defender went onto play for Real Madrid and Middlesbrough before joining Tottenham three years ago. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp does not intend to use Woodgate during the remainder of the Premier League season and he is keen to see the defender take up an opportunity with a
Championship club.

Cardiff City and QPR have been credited with a firm interest in Woodgate but Leeds recently succeeded in beating Cardiff to the signing of Andy O'Brien.

Redknapp said: "I think he'd be happy to go and play in the Championship on loan because he's been out for a while.

"That would probably suit us better."

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

06 Jan 2011 11:06:12
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I work at the services on the A1 . . Alan Smith just been in I asked him if he was coming back to Leeds . . he eclined to comment . . however I can exclusively reveal he did buy a Daily Star, A Flake and a bottle of Evian. . additionally he did say it was 'Cold out' could this be a sign??

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06 Jan 2011 10:45:07
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"I work at the mint hotel and can tell you the manager isn't a barnsley fan and we often have players in the hotel its not unusual for a city centre hotel to serve players agents mangers etc"

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06 Jan 2011 08:41:27
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Smith is coming back to leeds, I know because God told me!

06 Jan 2011 06:22:29
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I work at the mint hotel and can tell you the manager isn't a barnsley fan and we often have players in the hotel its not unusual for a city centre hotel to serve players agents mangers etc

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06 Jan 2011 00:32:24
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Manager of mint hotel has just text me
saying they have just served alan smith with his tea! Don't know why he would be staying in hotel when family live in rothwell but he's accompnied by another
male , agent maybe ?
The manager is a close friend and is a Barnsley supporter, no reason for him to make this up .

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06 Jan 2011 00:25:28
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Ed's is there any other rumours other than smudged coming back, appart from the woodgate , best etc fiascos .? ?

{Editor Note: I don't know mate.}

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05 Jan 2011 23:58:09
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Thom kirwin (official leeds uited commentator for lutv) is going to quiz grayson on the smith rumour tomorrow (source his twitter account

05 Jan 2011 23:42:53
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Yep.hes a scummer so he can stay away from elland road.

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