Leeds United are set to miss out on the signature of Paul Robinson with the defender determined to stay and fight for his place at Bolton Wanderers.
United’s interest in Robinson has been frustrated by the left-back’s reluctance to leave the Reebok Stadium, and he will resist attempts to prise him away before the end of the Football League’s emergency loan window.
Leeds are one of three Championship sides who have enquired about the 33-year-old’s availability and Bolton were happy to release him on a temporary basis.
Robinson has been missing from Coyle’s line-up for the past month-and-a-half and appears to have little prospect of forcing his way back into Bolton’s team, but he has been unreceptive to repeated offers for his services.
Coyle said: “There has been interest from a couple of clubs and I’ve made Paul aware of that.
“But he’s happy to battle away here for his place and that’s where we are.”
New Leeds boss Neil Warnock has cast his net wide in search of new defenders, saying he had “talked to two or three clubs about a number of players”, but his only signing so far has been that of forward Danny Webber.
United attempted to take centre-back Matt Mills from Leicester City following a fall-out between Mills and Leicester boss Nigel Pearson but no deal was reached ahead of tonight’s meeting with Southampton at Elland Road.
Mills’ future at the KP Stadium remains in doubt but Pearson said this week that “we’ll utilise him like any other player in the squad.”