Leeds United are looking for a new head of recruitment after Martyn Glover quit the club to take up a job with Sunderland.
Glover’s departure for the Stadium of Light is expected to be confirmed in the next few days following the return of Leeds owner Massimo Cellino from a Christmas break in Miami but he has left his post at Elland Road and is poised for a reunion with Sam Allardyce.
Glover was part of Allardyce’s recruitment team at West Ham United but he moved to Elland Road in June after Allardyce left West Ham at the end of last season.
The Sunderland boss has been keen to add Glover to his staff at Sunderland for some time and a deal to take Glover to Wearside was put in place over the weekend. He is understood to have parted company with United on Monday.
Glover’s exit after seven months in the job at Leeds comes at the very start of the January transfer window but United are believed to have identified potential replacements and expect to begin speaking with candidates later this week.
Cellino, who flew to the USA a week before Christmas, was due back in England yesterday.
Leeds held talks with Celtic’s David Moss prior to Glover’s appointment and also came close to naming ex-Norwich City scout Steve Head as their head of recruitment. Glover took up the position in the aftermatch of Uwe Rosler’s arrival as head coach and he was heavily involved in Rosler’s summer transfer dealings, a period in which United’s signings included Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas.
Glover also helped to push through the protracted deal to bring Liam Bridcutt to Leeds on loan from Sunderland in November.
United landed Bridcutt on the final day of the emergency loan window and the club confirmed yesterday that the midfielder’s temporary stay at Elland Road has been extended until the end of the season.
The fresh agreement for Bridcutt is United’s first deal of the January window and Sunderland have given him permission to play in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Rotherham United.
Head coach Steve Evans, who has signed Bridcutt with a view to a permanent deal, said: “I’m really pleased to have my number-one target on board at this early stage of the window.
“I like players who prove a point and Liam has done exactly that since he first arrived. He’s made a big impression here.
“We’ve got him until the end of the season but if he continues the way he has been playing then it puts us in a good position to speak to Sunderland about keeping him in the summer.”