Transfer activity is set to get back underway at Elland Road with the arrival of goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and the sale of midfielder Adam Clayton. Both transfers have been mooted all summer long, but it seems recent events behind the scenes at the club mean the deals can now be signed and sealed.
The move for Kenny will bring to an end a summer-long pursuit of the QPR stopper. United boss Neil Warnock identified the Republic of Ireland international as a main target at the end of last season. At the time it seemed United were unwilling or unable to complete the transfer, but now the long wait is over. Kenny has been keen to seal the move to Elland Road all summer and his patience has paid off.
The sale of Adam Clayton seems set to divide opinion amongst fans of club. The midfielder enjoyed a great start to the campaign last season and was seen as a vital member of the first team. However Clayton, much like the team overall, had a disappointing second half of the season and this, coupled with a failure to agree a new contract, seems to have made him surplus to requirements at Leeds United.
Along with Kenny, other incomings are expected at Elland Road in the near future. We have reported recently on the chase for Portsmouth midfielder David Norris, and the Evening Post suggest a deal for Luke Varney is also close.
Another possible outgoing at Elland Road may not be as nailed-on as a lot of people had expected. Leading scorer Ross McCormack had been made available by the club at the end of last season, after another failure to tie a player to a new deal. However we understand that there is still a chance the striker could remain at Elland Road.
As we said here on Monday, the talks about a takeover at the club continue. Negotiations are said to be progressing but there is still no definite timescale for completion of a deal.