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Leeds United: Swansea City defender extends loan with Whites

Alan Tate.

Alan Tate.

Swansea City defender Alan Tate has extended his loan stay with Leeds United until January 26.

Tate has been granted permission to play in the FA Cup and his loan expires after the date of the fourth round ties, the same day as the club has a scheduled league fixture at Middlesbrough.

Tate has made nine appearances for the Whites since joining from Swansea and United manager Neil Warnock was pleased to secure his signature for a further period.

Warnock told the club website: “We’ve extended his loan until the 26th. That gives us some breathing space and there’s time before the transfer window closes. We’ll see how that goes.”

Meanwhile, Jerome Thomas has returned to West Bromwich Albion upon completion of his loan spell.

The midfielder’s stint with the club was due to end after the game against Bolton, but the 29-year-old was ruled out due to illness and returned to the Hawthorns early.

The United boss has expressed an interest in the player returning to Leeds, but is expecting both Jerome and West Brom to weigh up his future and any available options before a firm move can be made.

“It may be either a permanent deal or nothing I think,” said Warnock.

“One or two other clubs are sniffing so we’ll see what happens with that one.”

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