WHITES boss Simon Grayson has answered the call for fresh blood by recruiting Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore on loan with both Adam Clayton and Ramon Nunez leaving on short-term deals.
Livermore, 21, has joined Leeds until the end of the season with the six-foot-two ace expected to make his debut in next weekend’s hosting of Nottingham Forest.
The Londoner has made just the one appearance for Tottenham – as a substitute against Stoke City last March – but the Enfield-born ace has made 44 professional appearances in loan spells at Derby County , Peterborough, and Ipswich Town.
It is that experience that has impressed manager Grayson who feels Livermore will significantly strengthen United’s midfield, the Tottenham starlet joining before the loan deadline yesterday.
“Jake is a hungry, young player who has gained good experience at this level with both Derby and Ipswich.” said Grayson.
“We’re at an important stage of the season and he gives us increased competition for places.
“He is a good addition to our squad.”
Livermore’s loan deal also includes the provision to stay with the Whites until May 31 – should Leeds reach the Championship play-offs.
But leaving Elland Road are both Clayton – to League One side MK Dons until the end of the season and Nunez to Scunthorpe United – with the latter’s one-month deal completing once he returns from international duty with Honduras.
The 25-year-old midfielder has made just the two appearances for the Whites and will now join up with former United utility man Andrew Hughes at Glanford Park.
Joining him out of the exit door is 22-year-old Clayton who has also made just the two appearances for Leeds since joining from Manchester City.
He will now stay with the MK Dons until May 31 with Grayson feeling his loan move is ideal for all concerned.
“This is a great opportunity for Adam to finish the season playing good, competitive games and it can only be of benefit to him and us,” said Grayson.
“Opportunities have been limited for him this season but he’s a young player we have high hopes for and this loan period is ideal for everyone.”
Meanwhile, United will now have one less player on international duty after Jonny Howson was forced to pull out of the England under-21s squad with a hamstring injury.
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