United face tug of war

SWANSEA CITY are threatening to steal Leeds United target Jamie Mullan after offering the winger a three-year deal.

Mullan and Aaron Burns, two former Manchester United trainees, were invited for trials at Leeds' Thorp Arch last week, and both players are believed to have impressed.

Mullan and Burns are available on free transfers having been released by Sir Alex Ferguson, but Swansea are understood to have moved for Mullan's signature by offering him a long-term contract.

The 19-year-old winger completed a successful trial with the Welsh club before accepting his opportunity with Leeds, and United's uncertain financial position may delay any plans to make a competitive offer to Mullan.

Dennis Wise, meanwhile, is waiting for a response from Manuel Rui Marques after confirming his intention to keep the Angolan defender at Elland Road next year.

Marques' deal runs out this summer and Leeds are set to hand him a 12-month extension following his contribution since January.

But the 29-year-old is also expected to receive outside interest during the close season, and he is free to talk to other clubs with his contract set to expire.

United have confirmed that experienced defenders Hayden Foxe and Robbie Elliott will leave Elland Road this summer after reaching the end of their short-term deals.

Foxe was signed by Leeds at the beginning of the season having recovered from a career-threatening foot injury, but he was restricted to 12 league starts and never secured a regular starting place under Wise or Kevin Blackwell.

Elliott arrived at United from Sunderland during the January transfer window, but a torn hamstring forced him to spend almost two months on the sidelines.

His opportunities were limited further by the arrival on loan of left-back Michael Gray from Blackburn.

The pair have followed striker Ian Moore through the exit door at Elland Road but American winger Eddie Lewis will remain with United for another season after activating an appearance-related clause his contract.

Lewis featured in 41 league fixtures during the 2006-07 Championship term, more than any other United player.

lPreston boss Paul Simpson is adamant North End have received no offers for England striker David Nugent.

The 22-year-old has admitted he will look to leave Deepdale for a Barclays Premiership club this summer following Preston's failure to reach the play-offs.

Simpson said: "We're not trying to sell him. It's a case of if somebody wants to buy him, that's the thing."