Simon Grayson's next target?

The strangely named Norwich City site, ‘The Pink ‘Un,’ is claiming that Norwich midfielder Darel Russell could be lured to Elland Road with the offer of a better contract than Norwich can provide.

Despite being brought into the game by Norwich City, and re-signed by them in 2007, Russell is thought to be considering a move north to join the Championship campaign at Leeds, where he’ll be set to face his current club next season.

It has all the hallmarks of a Grayson/Bates target too. With the midfielder’s contract set to expire at the end of the month, he’ll be free to discuss terms with other clubs. This also means that any transfer he does make won’t incur a fee, which should keep old Kenneth smiling away on his Monaco balcony. That’s not to say this won’t cost us mind. With an offer already on the table from Paul Lambert, Simon Grayson will have to get out his calculator and draw up a lucrative contract to entice Darel to Elland Road.

Meanwhile, in a related twist, Paul Lambert could set his sights on Michael Doyle, who spent last season on loan at Elland Road from Coventry City making 42 appearances during the campaign. Micky Doyle was hoping to secure a permanent contract at Elland Road over the summer, but with Simon alleged to be looking elsewhere, Norwich may move in for the kill.

  • craig1919

    I’m not keen on either at this level, my mates a Norwich fan and he reckons it’s no big loss, we need a really aggressive tough tackling DMF and I don’t think either fits the bill

  • paul oshea

    Lol TSS, is it you and Simon’s calculator or just his?

  • TSS

    @Paulo this is what happens when you don’t check what you’ve written! Sorted it now, cheers!

  • paul oshea

    Ps This is Paul S.Wales, but as I can’t use capitals when registering (annoyingly) and wouldn’t dream of spelling my country with lower case, i’ve had to go for a total moniker make over, ah well such is life.

  • TSS

    @paulo Haha, sorry about that mate. No idea why it won’t allow capitals, but the reason you can’t use spaces is because of the @ feature.

  • paul oshea

    I wasn’t being pedantic, it just tickled me

  • TSS

    @paulo Well, in fairness, I was wondering how much a week he’d cost us, but haven’t resorted to using a calculator as yet.

  • Russ coward

    I think we should be setting our bar a bit higher, we need a midfield general who can dominate the middle of the park. I think uncle kens wallet will have to re- surface!!

  • paul oshea

    I’m not really excited about either, but as for Doyle he did always give his all and was fully committed. Is he what we need at this level? Probably not. On Bates’ signing policy I think it will be buy one get four free, I just really hope the one he pays for is Hooper!!!

  • TSS

    @billybigbiscuits B-b-but he’s worked so hard to bury it deep inside his ever lengthening pockets! It would take Stretch Armstrong to get to the bottom of them!

  • TSS

    PS. Why is it that almost everyone seems to be sticking to the randomly generated monster avatars?

  • paul oshea

    At the risk of coming across as total technophobe, how do change it, i’ve tried right clicking but to no avail

  • TSS

    @paulo Using the bar at the top, hover over ‘My Account’ until the drop-down box appears. Then scroll down to ‘Profile.’ Whilst hovered over this, more options will appear, including ‘change avatar’.

  • paul oshea

    Cheers bud

  • TSS

    @Paulo Haha, much more appropriate!

  • paul oshea

    Ahhh, that’s better

  • TSS

    That must have been “relieving”

    Sorry. That was shocking, I know!

  • paul oshea

    Boom boom!

  • henry vincent lewis

    I think we have to wait for Simon to make his moves, and if he picks Russell that will do for me.
    It is very frustrating at the moment waiting for signings, fixtures, and the new season.
    Too excited to worry about the World cup – almost!!

    Henry.

  • TheReaper08

    I think the club did the right thing in moving early for the freebies they wanted. The may well be a lull in transfer activity now as we wait for the window to open, bring it on…

  • Matt BB

    Please noooo, cant we actually sign a top quality central midfielder, just once… Even smithy’d do for me, robert koren he’s out of contract, liam miller, darel russell??pur-lease..

  • richard

    It seems like we get linked to every player nearing the end of their contract, are people saying Leeds are tight or summat. ;)

    • TSS

      @mojoluafc That would be slanderous and supported by absolutely no evidence!

      • TheReaper08

        @TSS You going soft in your old age ? There was a time you would have been all over a goold old fashioned Ken is tight point like that.

        • TSS

          @TheReaper08 I’m assuming you didn’t really miss the sarcasm?

          • TheReaper08

            @TSS Of course not mate, did you miss mine ?

  • Mike

    Smithy wold do for you Matt?
    Isn’t he on fift grand a week or something?

  • TheReaper08

    @mattbb Struggling to reconcile the words top quality central midfielder with some of the names you mentioned but I get your drift about Russell.

  • TSS

    @thereaper08 @mattbb I didn’t think he was that bad last season, but the Norwich fan I know couldn’t care less if he leaves. I’m not sure whether this is a defence mechanism though. You know the old “we don’t care” (but we really do) routine?

    • TheReaper08

      @TSS Just not sure he would be good enough for this level. Don’t want to stockpile too many unproven players at thsi level.

  • Mike

    Quite right TSS (whoever you are)
    we are not tight, just sensible in a stupid world.

  • TSS

    @mikelufc “Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and that all of his legs are hydraulic… all we know is, he’s called TSS”

  • paul oshea

    Some say his body sits on the chassis of a 1975 mini cooper, and that he’s allergic to oxygen….all we know is, he’s now called admin

  • Matt BB

    Well agreed, koren smith and miller arent top top quality but theyre in that too good for the championship, not quite good enough for the pl.. Ut some imagination with the signings seems to be lacking? Ken, ken, that lad at that team what did ok in league 2’s free..! you know what to do my son.., well i imagine something like that’s happening a lot of late.

    • pete

      Miller did a good job for us previously…seemed to enjoy the dirty work of winning the ball and passing it on.

  • Gryff

    TBH I doubt this is true.

    Though, if we lost out on our proper targets I think Russell is better than Doyle. In fact, given Russell has been the Championship player of the month before, and has been a solid midfield performer at every club he’s played at he fits Larry’s bill of tried and tested.

    I spent my last 3 years at Norwich at uni and in the hand full of matches I saw at Carrow Road he was always trying and looked to have good positioning sense.

    A bit small though.

  • henry vincent lewis

    I have just listened to Glynn Snodin’s video interview with ‘The Yorkshire Post’, and I don’t think we will be spending much if anything.
    He says we need “a strong squad with ‘quality’ players”.
    We need to ” raise the bar”.
    We will be bringing in one or two more “not so much spending money” as there are a “lot of players out there on free transfers”.
    Where’s my Bubuzela??!!

    Henry.

  • Craig Millward

    I have just read the following: “Ken Bates has announced on Yorkshire Radio that a deal and terms have been agreed for another new signing. This will be announced later today.”

    Did anyone hear the interview or is it just a rumour?

  • Paul Gittins

    I just read that ….. next headline I read was “Brian Deane interview …..”

    For a horrible minute I thought we’d re-signed him!!

  • Mike

    Must give you a queer slant on life facing magnetic north all the time, mind you I too have an odd view and I can see through 360 degrees.
    I am guessing you are a Virgo based on that simple fact, the hydraulic legs however might change things, I have no experience of such beings :-)

    Glyn Snodin is a pillock

  • Matt BB

    yes i’ve seen that as well, and looks genuine, though lke most people i dont have access to Ken FM. Its going to be Darel Russell surely..

    • pete

      I bet it’s a suprise. Like Billy Sharp…

      • Craig Millward

        It was certainly a surprise! Federico Bessone?

  • Matt BB

    we can only hope, but unless we have agreed like paynter that he will come to us on july 1st its going to be an out of contract.

  • Matt BB

    yes he looks a reasonable player, and for a change I am quite impressed with him as a free signing. Good job.