Leeds United: Tate set for longer stay

Alan Tate in match action against Crystal Palace.
Alan Tate in match action against Crystal Palace.
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Swansea City are ready to extend Alan Tate’s loan at Leeds United until the end of the season in a major boost for manager Neil Warnock.

The Premier League side look set to sanction a fresh deal which keeps Tate at Elland Road beyond the end of his initial spell with Leeds.

The 30-year-old defender is days way from completing the emergency loan agreed between United and Swansea last month but Warnock is anxious to prevent Tate from returning to Wales after Tuesday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers.

Leeds were believed to be willing to offer £250,000 for Tate, whose contract with City runs until 2015 and would earn him a testimonial next year, but an alternative deal appears to be on the table following negotiations between the clubs.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup said: “Alan is doing well and I think he’ll continue there for the rest of the season.”

The renewal of Tate’s loan would represent further progress for Warnock who has already seen United agree an improved contract with El-Hadji Diouf and finalise the permanent signing of on-loan winger Southend United winger Ryan Hall.

Agreements with all three players were seen as crucial by Warnock, and Leeds are continuing to discuss the possibility of re-signing Michael Tonge and Jerome Thomas.

Tonge’s emergency loan from Stoke City expired last weekend, with United unable to bring him back to Elland Road until the start of the January transfer window, and Thomas is due to return to West Bromwich Albion next week.

West Brom are in the grip of an injury crisis and recalled midfielder George Thorne from his loan at Peterborough United yesterday.

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