Leeds United: Whites aiming to do a double deal

Pompey's Greg Halford in match action. PIC: PA
Pompey's Greg Halford in match action. PIC: PA
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Neil Warnock admits he will be ‘disappointed’ if Leeds United can’t complete a double transfer swoop this week.

The United boss is attempting to wrap up the signing of Portsmouth right-back Joel Ward in the wake of strong rival interest from Ipswich and Burnley, with all three reportedly having had bids accepted.

While United are in the box seat to sign Ward, 22, after recently holding talks, Portsmouth adminstrator Trevor Birch has said it’s by no means a “foregone conclusion” that he will head north and join close pal Jason Pearce at Elland Road, according to sources on the south coast.

The transfer of Ward is expected to go through shortly for a fee not far short of the £500,000 United paid Pompey for Pearce, with Leeds pitted in a three-way fight to land him.

Versatile Pompey star Greg Halford has also been linked with a move to Elland Road, along with Fratton Park team-mates Luke Varney and David Norris, a Leeds target last summer.

United have also showed an interest in Derby County’s Pontefract-born midfielder Paul Green, keen to resolve his future this week after rejecting a new contract at Pride Park.

Warnock said: “I’ll be glad this week if we get a couple of lads in. If we haven’t, I’ll be disappointed if I’m honest.

“I go away on the 25th and I want to try and get two or three in by then, if I can.

“There’s loads of speculation, but fortunately two or three of my targets haven’t been mentioned yet. I’d like to keep them all under wraps, ideally.

“I’ve spoken to quite a lot of agents over the last seven days. It’s just a matter of trying to seal deals really.”

While Ward is firmly on United’s radar, Halford has also emerged as a target, with Nottingham Forest and Birmingham also keen.