Leeds United: Boss hints at more arrivals

PLANNING AHEAD: Leeds United president Massimo Celllino.

PLANNING AHEAD: Leeds United president Massimo Celllino.

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LEEDS UNITED president Massimo Cellino hinted at the arrival of another striker and centre-back before the end of the transfer window after putting the finishing touches to Frederik Sorensen’s loan from Juventus.

Cellino declared Sorensen’s season-long move complete yesterday, putting the Danish defender in line for an immediate debut at Millwall on Saturday, but United’s owner said further transfers were planned on top of eight agreed already.

Leeds and Juventus are still to officially confirm Sorensen’s switch but he is understood to be joining for a loan fee of around £400,000.

United have also negotiated an option to take him on a permanent basis next summer, a deal which would cost them close to £3m.

The 22-year-old is a well-regarded prospect in Italy and looks likely to go straight into David Hockaday’s starting line-up for the first game of the new Championship season this weekend.

Sorensen’s deal came on the back of the £150,000 signing of forward Nicky Ajose from Peterborough United but Cellino said: “I still think we need more. Another central defender maybe and a forward, a goalscorer.

“We need to be sure that we have enough goals in the team. We can’t be without them.

“Sorensen too, he’ll be a big player for us but we still want others. We will work on that until the month ends. We have time left.”

Leeds are interested in Guingamp striker Mustapha Yatabare, a Mali international who scored 11 goals in France’s top division last season and 23 in Ligue 2 the season before, but have not submitted an official bid for him.

The Elland Road club have until 11pm on September 1 – the end of FIFA’s transfer window – to tie up permanent signings and long-term loans, and their summer recruits will run into double figures if another two players arrive before the window shuts.

Leeds were briefly involved in a fight to sign young Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady at the start of this week but did not reach an agreement with the Premier League club.

Coady, 21, underwent a medical with Huddersfield Town yesterday and has moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in a £500,000 switch from Anfield. He spent last season on loan at Sheffield United.

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