Leeds United: Ex-Whites ace Doyle signs for Blades

Sheffield United have signed Michael Doyle from Championship rivals Coventry City on a free transfer.

The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Leeds United, has signed a two-year deal at Bramall Lane and becomes Blades boss Micky Adams' first permanent signing since he took over the reigns from Gary Speed.

Doyle, who was part of Leeds' promotion squad last season while on loan at Elland Road, is delighted to have made the move.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of helping this massive club get back up the table, and delighted to be re-united with Micky Adams because he was a big reason in me deciding to come here," Doyle said.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season, but Leicester City will not be offering a contract to former Manchester United trainee Fabian Brandy.

The 21-year-old has been training with the Foxes for the past two weeks.

Rangers manager Walter Smith has revealed Derby County's Kris Commons is a January target as he bids to add versatile players to his squad this month.

Smith previously stated he was keen to add two loans signings – a forward player and a defender – until the end of the season following the departure of Kenny Miller in a reported 400,000 move to Bursaspor last week.

As far as Smith is concerned, Commons fits the bill and he refused to rule out an instant move for the Scotland winger, who is out of contract in the summer.

"He's someone we would be interested in trying to get," he said.

"We have made an enquiry and we are in talks with Derby to see what the situation is with him.

"It's important, with us having a small squad of players, if we do get a player in that he can play in more than one position. Kris can do that."

QPR boss Neil Warnock has told potential suitors to forget about a move for playmaker Adel Taarabt.

The mercurial Moroccan has caught the eye for the Rs this season, netting 13 goals since his permanent summer move from Tottenham.

Newcastle have been linked with a 5million move for the 21-year-old but Warnock insists Taarabt is staying put.

He said: "You can forget a move for Tarbs – that's stone-dead certain. I'm not sure any club would want him.

"We give him licence to do things here he would never get a chance to do anywhere else."

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