Gossip Column (08/01/06): Leeds confirm Carayol as Stoke boss Hughes criticises United approach for Crouch

Peter Crouch.

Peter Crouch.

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Here are the latest transfer news and rumours from across Yorkshire:

Leeds United have signed Mustapha Carayol on loan until the end of the season. He joins from Middlesbrough, having had his loan spell at Huddersfield Town terminated earlier this month.

Stoke City manager and former Manchester United favourite Mark Hughes has criticised the manner of Leeds United’s approach for Peter Crouch. Leeds head coach Steve Evans admitted that Crouch was a target he would be unable to sign in Thursday’s press conference. Hughes believes that making that information public is wrong.

He said: “Some clubs flag it up and name names. I don’t think that’s correct, to be perfectly honest, but I haven’t had any direct conversation with any manager in regard to Peter.

“Peter’s one who we want to keep here. He’s not long signed a new contract. He came on in midweek and played a part, so we still feel he’s very much a part of what we’re doing here.”

While that move may prove to be a failure, Leeds fans can take some positivity from the fact that Evans does not see Charlie Taylor departing Elland Road this window. Taylor has been a shining light throughout the campaign.

Mustapha Carayol.

Mustapha Carayol.

“I would think very much like Lewis Cook and Charlie will be a part of what we’ll do going forward,” Evans said.

“We lost him with a little illness, but he has come back better than ever.

“I don’t think he goes unnoticed by people in the Premier League and his day will come to play at the top level.”

Huddersfield Town are closing in on the signing of James Husband, according to the Huddersfield Examiner. Husband is viewed as competition for the Australian international Jason Davidson.

Barry Bannan has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with Sheffield Wednesday, according to Sky Sports News journalist David Garrido.