Leeds United had a relatively busy transfer deadline day - here’s how it unfolded.
Overview - Leeds United’s January dealings:
In: Sol Bamba (Palermo, loan), Granddi Ngoyi (Palermo, loan).Edgar Cani (Catania, loan).
Out: Nicky Ajose, (Crewe Alexandra, loan), Stephen Warnock (Derby County, loan), Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic, £300,000), Noel Hunt
(Ipswich Town), Michael Tonge (Millwall, loan), David Norris (released).
11.00pm: That’s it, the window has slammed shut, no late deals made by Leeds United.
10.00pm: It’s all gone quiet over there...an hour to go and all is quiet at Elland Road. I’m guessing Leeds United fans would take that.
8.30pm: Leeds confirm that midfielder David Norris, 33, out of contract in the summer, has left the club by mutual consent.
The former Portsmouth and Ipswich player has started just two games for United since August 2013.
6.47pm: Confirmation that Leeds have manoeuvrability to bring one more loan player in - but he has to be aged 23 or over. Clubs are allowed eight loaned players during a season - four aged under 23, and four aged over 23.
United have seven loanees on their books at present. Four of those loanees are aged under 23 - Adryan, Zan Benedicic, Brian Montenegro and Dario Del Fabro. The other three are aged 23 or over - Sol Bamba, Granddi Ngoyi and Edgar Cani. There was some dispute over whether or not Souleymane Doukara’s former loan from Catania would make it eight loans but loans that are turned into permanent deals do not count towards the quota.
Football League rule 53.2.7 states: ‘Standard Loans which subsequently become permanent transfers shall not count against a Club’s quota of such Standard Loans.’
5.40pm: According to the YEP’s Lee Sobot, if Leeds are to loan someone they have to be aged over 23. That means Millwall’s Martyn Woolford would fit the loan eligibility bill as he’s aged 29 - but the vibes are he won’t be signing and that we’ve had our lot #lufc
5.30pm: All quiet on the Elland Road front - is there going to be a move inwards or outwards at Leeds United in the final hours of the transfer window?
4.09pm: Cani, 25, on joining Leeds United. “I think it is a great team. I think that we can keep going like this, like these last two matches that we won.
3.42pm: Deal done - just as we say it’s gone a bit quiet, Leeds United confirm the loan signing of Edgar Cani has been completed. Albanian Cani joins on loan from Serie B side Catania until the end of the season.
3.30pm: All gone a bit quiet on the Leeds United transfer deadline day front, but that’s probably a good thing for Whites fans. No talk of bids of prized young assets Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram or Charlie Taylor as yet. Loan move for Edgar Cani expected to completed by the 11pm deadline.
2.55pm: Game for a laugh? Watch Nick Westby and a rather aptly yellow-jumpered Lee Sobot discuss the comings and goings at Elland Road in a special deadline day Boot Room.
2.40pm: Quite an emphatic statement of intent from Leeds saying Austin is not for sale. What do we think Whites fans?
1.56pm: Leeds United have issued a statement saying Wigan Athletic target Rodolph Austin is not for sale.
The statement reads: “Chairman Andrew Umbers and club can confirm that midfielder Rodolph Austin is not for sale and will remain a Leeds United player beyond Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline. There has been significant interest in the player and media reports over the weekend and on Monday had suggested that the club had agreed a deal for Rudy to exit Leeds United, but this is not the case. Rudy remains a vital part of Neil Redfearn’s squad and will play a major part for Leeds United in the remaining 18 Sky Bet Championship matches and beyond. The midfielder has expressed a desire to remain at the club and help head coach Neil Redfearn make the season as successful as possible. The club are delighted that Rudy wishes to remain part of the club and the midfielder reported to Thorp Arch and trained with his team-mates as normal on Monday morning.”
1.20pm: YEP football writer Leon Wobschall tweets: “Millwall due in at Elland Road on Saturday week, but suspect it would be highly unlikely that Tonge will be eligible to play #lufc”
1.16pm: Done deal - Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge joins Millwall on loan until the end of the season. #lufc
12.54pm: YEP football writer Phil Hay tweets: “Understand that Michael Tonge is set to join Millwall on loan until the end of the season. #lufc
“That’ll be the end of Tonge’s career at Leeds. He’s out of contract in the summer.”
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12.46pm: Michael Tonge deal to Millwall could yet be a stand-alone transfer, or part of a Martyn Woolford exchange.
12.42pm: An apparent u-turn in the Michael Tonge situation as his move to Millwall could now ‘potentially’ happen. But a no-go to Bradford.
12.34pm: Sky sources reporting that Leeds United’s loan signing of Edgar Cani from Catania is complete.
12.24pm: It could be worth noting that Jason Pearce did not train with Leeds United on Thursday - the day before he signed for Wigan. Austin did train with the club today. Make of that what you will.
12.14pm: It emerges that Rudy Austin trained with Leeds United this morning, adding credence to the belief that he is staying put at Elland Road, and not heading for Wigan.
12.09pm: In readiness for his likely arrival, striker Edgar Cani is six-foot-four and 25 years old. His Soccerbase page does not reveal much but he was pretty prolific in two years at Polonia Warsaw between August 2011 and January 2013, from where he joined Catania. At Polonia, the Albanian netted 11 goals from 14 starts and 16 appearances as a sub.
11.49am: Further confirmation from Italian sources that Albanian striker Edgar Cani is expected to sign for Leeds United today, on a half-season loan from Catania.
11.37am: Sounds as if any successful move from Bradford City for Leeds United’s Michael Tonge has a bit of a way to go yet.
11.30am: Rudy Austin has made 92 starts for Leeds United and 11 appearances as a substitute, netting nine goals in the process. Instead of incomings at Elland Road, all of Monday morning’s talk has been about the Jamaican’s possible exit to Wigan.
11.18am: The calm after the storm with Austin, or is it the calm before the storm? Leeds deny any move, Wigan media sources say no deal done so Sky confirmation of a deal is at this stage a red herring.
11am: Sheffield Wednesday are the first Yorkshire club to complete a deadline day signing in the Championship, bringing in CSKA Sofia striker Sergiu Bus on a three and a half year contract. Bus is 22-years-old, five-foot-eleven and capped for Romania under-21s.
10.53am: Sources at Leeds United are strongly playing down reports that midfielder Rudy Austin has been sold to Wigan Athletic. As it stands, no deal has been done with 12 hours to go before the deadline.
10.48am: Media sources in Wigan say no deal done with Leeds United’s Rudy Austin. A lot of people at Elland Road are in the dark about whether he’s joining the Latics. Leeds turned down a bid of £500,000 from Wigan last week and it’s no secret that head coach Neil Redfearn wants to keep him. Speaking after Saturday’s win over Huddersfield, Redfearn said: “He’s important to us. He typifies this resurgence with his pace, his power and his competitive edge.”
10.41am: Former Leeds United coach Dave Hockaday has returned to football after joining Steven Pressley’s backroom staff at Coventry City.
10.36am: Still no confirmation, or otherwise, about Austin move. But Martyn Woolford’s proposed switch to Elland Road from Millwall now looks unlikely. Millwall have injuries in his position and Leeds seem to have gone cold on the deal.
10.14am: Panic stations as a fake Wigan Athletic account confirms the club have signed Rudy Austin from Leeds for an ‘undisclosed fee’. That proves a false alarm, for now at least. Sky still saying he has signed, according to their sources.
9.59am: The first twist of the day as Sky announce that Rudy Austin has signed for Wigan.
9.38am: Remember this is what head coach Neil Redfearn said at Thursday’s pre-Huddersfield Town press conference; Redfearn: “Obviously I want to try and keep our better players and for me these are the sort of players that are going to benefit us for years to come.
“We’ve got a young squad and the good seniors we need to keep.
“Rudy has been in the side and, for me, he is not for sale, at all costs.
“We want to try and keep Rudy because you look at your Cooks and your Taylors and your Byrams and your Mowatts and you need your Rudy Austins in there to give them that lift and give them that experience.
“The point of the matter is if we are climbing and we are building then you keep your better players and you add better players to it.
“You don’t let your better players go, simple as.”
9.29am: Bradford City are thought to be interested in Michael Tonge - who was rumoured to be Millwall-bound as part of Martyn Woolford swap deal.
9.07am: Edgar Cani is already a Leeds United player on his Wikipedia page, where it says the Albanian has sealed a move for “a fee of 600.000 euro”.
9am: An approach for Austin from Wigan was turned down on Wednesday. Rumours again circulated late last night of Wigan’s continued interest but nothing has been confirmed. It would be a surprise were the Jamaican to leave.
8.48am: Head coach Neil Redfearn has already stated that Austin must not be allowed to leave Leeds, at any cost. The ins at Elland Road today will be just as important, if not more so, than the outs.
8.37am: Sources at Millwall claimed last night that United’s move for Woolford was now looking “less likely” but “not off.” Cani seems by far and away the most likely arrival at Elland Road today.
8.16am: Morning all. It will be interesting to see what unfolds at Elland Road today. Striker Edgar Cani is expected to sign on a half-season loan from Catania. The Whites have also been linked with moves for Millwall winger Martyn Woolford - with Michael Tonge perhaps going the other way - as well as Huddersfield Town forward Joe Lolley.
United’s Rudy Austin continues to be linked with a move to Wigan with Ipswich Town known to have been interested in Billy Sharp. Updates to follow as and when they happen.
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