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Leeds United: Pompey star up for Whites switch

Luke Varney in match action for Pompey.
Luke Varney in match action for Pompey.
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Luke Varney has today revealed he is ready to snub fresh Championship interest to join Neil Warnock’s Leeds United revolution.

The striker, whose representatives are in discussions with Leeds, trained with Portsmouth yesterday, (July 9) while also holding further talks with Pompey administrator Trevor Birch who confirmed that other clubs have now entered the race to sign him.

Sheffield Wednesday are thought to be one of those clubs with Varney having spent two previous loan spells at Hillsborough with another couple of Championship sides also interested.

But Varney, 29, exclusively confirmed to the YEP that his sights are set on joining Leeds and is hoping the move is finalised sooner rather than later.

He said: “The other clubs that have been mentioned are still Championship clubs. But they are not clubs of the size of Leeds.

“Neil’s got a great record in the Championship and it’s something I want to be a part of. With coming to Leeds, I can also still get home to see my little child in Leicester and it would be perfect. I’m looking forward to a move to Leeds.”

Portsmouth are thought to still owe Derby County around £300,000 as part of the deal that took Varney to Fratton Park for £750,000 last July.

That is believed to be their asking price for the striker, with that payment effectively enabling cash-stricken Pompey to pay off Derby and freeing him up to leave.

Varney has two years left on his Pompey deal and is owed money by the crisis-hit club after taking a wage deferral, but that issue is expected to be resolved and not thought to be a stumbling block to the deal going through.

Leeds are also battling it out with Sheffield Wednesday to sign Pompey midfielder David Norris, with Fratton Park boss Michael Appleton expecting developments regarding both him and Varney shortly.

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