Leeds United: Mac’s happy with progress made on transfer front

Noel Hunt.
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Leeds United boss Brian McDermott says the club are making positive strides in their quest to bring in a number of summer transfer targets.

While the transfer market remains pretty quiet, with McDermott expecting that pattern to continue for much of June, the Elland Road chief says plenty of work is going on behind the scenes to facilitate business.

The strongest transfer links regarding United have so far revolved around the names of defender Matt Mills and striker Noel Hunt, two players McDermott knows well from his time as manager at Reading.

National reports suggesting that United have tabled a £1m bid for Bolton Wanderers defender and ex-Royals captain Mills appear to be premature – despite interest in the player from Leeds.

It is understood that the two clubs’ respective valuations of the 26-year-old player remain apart, as it stands.

Mills is keen on a move to Elland Road, with Bolton ready to sell him to provide funds to enable them to move for a number of summer targets, most notably West Brom’s Craig Dawson.

Hunt, who recently left Reading after only being offered a one-year contract when he was chasing a longer-term deal and available on a free transfer, is also on the radar of United. McDermott is a friend of the striker and due to attend his wedding next month.

On his transfer recruitment, McDermott said: “It is like everything. A lot generally does not get done in May – even June to a point. We are in talks with players and their agents and we have had positive talks with them and as far as I am concerned, we are moving forward.

“That’s what I will be doing. I will be moving forward with the talks, as is (chief executive) Shaun Harvey.

“But talks are talks and they mean nothing until a player signs on the dotted line and there isn’t a lot to say at the minute. Once a player signs, we have something to talk about.

“But we are working on things. I am on the phone, Gwyn (Williams – technical director) is going to games and Shaun is on the phone as well. Everything is speculation until something is done. You can speculate about 20 players and it will be the same at every club and I do understand that’s how that works.”

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