Leeds United’s pursuit of Matt Mills appears to be over after Nigel Pearson indicated that the out-of-favour defender was staying at Leicester City.
Pearson played down talk of Mills joining Leeds on loan and claimed the 25-year-old would continue to be considered for selection by City, despite his recent fall-out with the Leicester manager.
United made their move to sign Mills until the end of the season last week with the £5million centre-back appearing to have no future at Leicester.
Pearson left him out of his squad for a recent league game against Derby County, leading to rumours of an angry confrontation between the pair, but the City boss said: “It remains the case that he’s one of our paid employees and that’s the way it is.
“We’ll utilise him like any other player in the squad, when and if we feel appropriate.
“There’s nothing more to say. There’s been speculation and interest but nothing has happened.”
New Leeds manager Neil Warnock made his first signing on Tuesday, landing Danny Webber on a permanent basis for the rest of the term, and the 30-year-old forward could make his senior debut against Southampton tomorrow.
But Warnock is in the market for defensive recruits and, along with Mills, has also been targeting Bolton Wanderers left-back Paul Robinson.
A number of Championship teams have enquired about taking Robinson on an emergency loan, but the experience defender is understood to be reluctant to leave the Reebok Stadium.
Warnock said: “We’re looking to bring a couple in.
“He (Mills) is one of the names mentioned but we’ve talked to two or three clubs about a number of players.
“It doesn’t look like anybody will be coming in before the weekend.”