1) Frederik Sorensen Leeds deal still on
Despite the protracted negations, Leeds United are still confident of landing Juventus defender Frederik Sorensen, according to Massimo Cellino.
Cellino telling me this morning that he's still optimistic of signing Sorensen. Let's see what the day brings. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 8, 2014
The 22-year-old Dane was expected to complete a transfer to Elland Road some time ago, but the deal appears to have hit a snag at the last minute – with both clubs negotiating over the price of the loan deal.
It was expected that the Whites would pay around €380,000 to take Sorensen on loan for the season, but Juve reportedly upped the price by €20,000 at the last minute to cause the delay.
The defender is still likely to become a Leeds player, though, and could be announced before their season opener against Millwall tomorrow – according to reports in Italy.
Leeds have managed to strike a deal to sign the centre-back for €3 million at the end of the season, if he does impress.
2) Nicky Ajose speaks after Leeds move
New Leeds United signing Nicky Ajose says that he is deserving of his chance at Elland Road.
Many were surprised that David Hockaday’s side opted to sign Ajose, who had struggled to make an impression at his previous club, Peterborough United, but the striker feels he has done enough to prove he can play in the Championship.
The 22-year-old signed for a fee of around £150,000 and will be in the squad for the Whites game against Millwall tomorrow and he says can’t wait to prove that he is good enough to play in the second-tier.
“I’ve done well in League One and League Two,” he said. “So I see it as natural progression to come to the Championship. I’d like people to recognise that I can play at this level.
“If people say it didn’t work out [at Peterborough], I’d argue against that. When I was given the opportunity and I played I was one of the most consistent players. And now I’ve ended up at Leeds United. I’ve come to a bigger club at a higher level.”
3) Jacques Maghoma admits season opener will be tough
Jacques Maghoma says that Sheffield Wednesday go into their game against Brighton and Hove Albion as underdogs.
The Owls take on Brighton tomorrow at the Amex in their first Championship game of the season and Maghoma believes they could have got an easier start – admitting that it will be tough against the play-off hopefuls.
“We know it’s going to be tough at Brighton,” he said. “We are the away team and are probably the underdog. That will give us a little extra to prove people wrong so hopefully we can go to Brighton and get a positive result.
“The pressure is all on them. They will probably be expected to win because they are the home side but we are going to make it as difficult as we can for them.”
4) Clough fearful of first game
Nigel Clough is slightly apprehensive to see how his Sheffield United team get on in the first game of the Football League season against Bristol City.
The Blades boss has bought in a host of new players this summer and he says that it will take time for them all to adapt to the club.
Clough’s team go into the season as the bookies’ favourites for promotion, but their game against Bristol City will be a tough test and the manager says that upsets often happen on opening day.
“On the first day players will be nervous,” he said. “You can get some funny results on the first day. What happens then rarely has any resemblance about what will happen over the next nine months. It’s almost like a separate fixture.
“The fans look forward to it a lot more whereas we look at periods and how we get through them.
“You don’t want an awful start and a great one would be fine but, so long as you are in the mix after 10 games or so then it’s fine.”
5) Rotherham bid accepted for Stevie May
Rotherham United are set to complete a club-record signing, by bringing in Stevie May from St. Johnstone for £800,000.
The Championship club have been tracking the striker, who has a good record north of the border, for some time and a deal for his services looks to be edging closer to completion now.
Sheffield Wednesday are also known to be interested in May, but they have very little time now to make an acceptable offer and persuade May to move to Hillsborough instead.
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