Leeds United: Whites are closing in on Agard

Busy: Leeds United head coach David Hockaday, above, has overseen ten signings at Elland Road this summer. Rotherham's Kieran Agard could be recruit number 11. Picture: Steve Riding.
Busy: Leeds United head coach David Hockaday, above, has overseen ten signings at Elland Road this summer. Rotherham's Kieran Agard could be recruit number 11. Picture: Steve Riding.
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LEEDS United were closing in on the signing of forward Kieran Agard last night after further talks with Rotherham United.

Leeds are looking to secure Agard’s arrival at Elland Road in the next few days following another round of negotiations with Rotherham yesterday.

United approached the Millers to discuss Agard’s availability at the start of this week and are intent on making the 24-year-old their 11th summer signing.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans confirmed United’s interest but said his board would hold out for a big fee from Leeds, despite Agard having less than 12 months left on his contract.

“He has a year left on his contract and we could keep him here,” Evans said.

“We’re not a selling club but we do have our value of Kieran Agard. If a club is prepared to meet that value then we would be prepared to sell – because it is a high one. Every player at this club has a price.”

Leeds scouted Agard several times last season and stepped up their interest in him after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Millwall.

Agard’s 26 goals in League One last term generated interest in his signature and Bristol City have already submitted a formal offer for him – an offer which Rotherham turned down.

The Millers, however, added another striker to their squad yesterday by signing Paul Taylor on loan from Ipswich Town.

“David Hockaday telephoned me to tell me he thought Kieran Agard was a good player,” Evans said. “I said I might as well call the manager of Real Madrid and tell him I thought Cristiano Ronaldo was a good player.”

Hockaday refused to comment on the possibility of United signing Agard but he promised again that more recruits would be arriving at Leeds, on top of three completed this week.

Striker Billy Sharp is poised to make his debut against Middlesbrough tomorrow after joining from Southampton on Wednesday, and defenders Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci could also play – the latter’s involvement dependent on United receiving international clearance following his move on loan from Catania.

“There’ll be one or two more additions,” Hockaday said, with United’s tally of new signings already up to 10. “We’ve shown a lot of patience and we want to get people at the right price.

“We’ve identified more players we like and now it’s up to the powers that be to do their thing.”

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