Leroy Lita

Bookmakers Betfair have stumbled across (or ‘invented’ for the more cynical/realistic amongst us) some more Leeds United rumours to keep our attention firmly focused on their company. Only a couple of days ago, Betfair linked Leeds United with a move for Chelski youngster, Scott Sinclair, and eager to keep the attention on the firing line after Jermaine Beckford’s exit, the betting firm has highlighted two more strikers we’re allegedly interested in.

It seems the team everyone wants to be linked with in the Championship is newly-promoted Leeds United, and reports today suggest that Simon Grayson is looking at two strikers. Middlesbrough’s Leroy Lita could be the target of a £500,000 bid from the Whites, while the United gaffer is also pondering a move to take Aston Villa’s England Under-21 international Nathan Delfouneso on a season-long loan.

It certainly does seem that ‘the team everyone wants to be linked to’ is Leeds United, not least, Betfair themselves. Whilst both the names touted would undoubtedly become valuable additions to the squad, I doubt there’s much truth in either rumour. I wonder what odds Betfair would give me on none of their “tips” coming to fruition?

Meanwhile, the Whites’ pre-season tour pits them against the mighty Ruzomberok tomorrow night, as the lads prepare for our long-awaited return to the Championship.

  • Dje

    Oddly I’m really excited about listening to the Ruzomberok match tomorrow early evening. Reminds me of the heady days of playing someone unpronounceable in the Third Extra-Preliminary round of the UEFA Cup at a silly time on a Thursday afternoon about a decade ago.

  • henry vincent lewis

    Is that on Yorkshire Radio or LUTV Dje?
    What time does it kick off?

    • Dje

      @henryv

      Kickoff is 5.30pm our time.

      It’s on both Yorkshire FM and LUTV I think.

      • Dje

        Forgot to mention: I reckon it’ll be the DAB part of Yorkshire FM (ie. not via Minster FM like on match days)

  • TheReaper08

    @tss Would you classify yourself as a cynical realist then TSS ?

    It’s difficult because the agents put these rumours in the market place to generate interest in there ‘clients’. We are of particualr interest to them as we are a big club and they are looking for that ‘well Leeds are interested in him so he must be good’ factor.

    If your a news hound and you get that tip off do you risk not publishing it and it coming true ? Or do you run with it and face the wrath of the cynical realists ?

    • Craig

      @TheReaper08

      The media wouldn’t know ‘truth’ if it bit them on the ass. They generate speculation and tittle-tattle, thrive on rumour and get fat on the proceeds.

      • TheReaper08

        @craig Which is exactly what I would do given half the chance !

    • TSS

      @TheReaper08 I get “tips” emailed to be quite often, but rarely publish them as most of them are too unrealistic (in my mind). So far, I’ve been wise not to about 95% of the time.

      Of course the 5% is a little irritating, but I aren’t going to publish every rumour I hear because being on NewsNow and so forth, I get an awful lot of visitors whose time I don’t want to waste with pure speculation that is unlikely to come true.

      • TheReaper08

        @TSS I am not talking about tips, most of these guy’s get stuff from agents, club insiders etc. who are creating interest in their client.

        With regard to Betfair they will probably have markets for most of there rumours so it makes good business sense to generate a little interest. If your average mug is prepared to hang his hat on something on a website then more fool them, it’s competely harmless and keeps everyone talking.

  • Paul Solk

    However, the rumours all still revolve around a pacey striker to compliment Becchio/Paynter. It kind of suggests that the ‘footy world’ knows what Leeds need, and experience tells me that the ‘footy world’ tends to ‘get it right’.
    A Grayson comment in the YEP last night worried me though; saying that he’d be happy with the forwards he has already. Up till now Grayson has always said that Paynter is not a Beckford replacement, so does he now think that Grella or Somma will step into the role, or is he having difficulty buying who he wants so is starting to talk his way out of needing another striker?

    • All white on the night.

      “experience tells me that the ‘footy world’ tends to ‘get it right’.”

      LMFAO

  • whiter than white

    No one should be surprised at some of the silly rumours that surface. It only happens every transfer window. The usual thing to happen is a signing that no one has even considered.

  • henry vincent lewis

    Most obliged Dje!!

    Henry.

  • Jon

    Regarding SG’s comments on making do with what we’ve got and changing the formation to get the goals – this may just be his way of telling the agents/other clubs that he is not going to be held to ransom in the search for a Beckford replacement – maybe this is wishful thinking on my part though!

    • Craig

      @jon

      I do think Grayson is moving away from reliance on a Beckfordesque presence upfront for reasons I have previously explained. I also think there may be truth in your suggestion. Grayson likes to play his cards close to his chest – and wisely IMO.

      • Craig

        Just read the latest quote: “Hopefully we have players at the club who can get the goals Jermaine did last season, though there is a possibility of bringing in another striker as well. We have Luciano Becchio, Mike Grella and Billy Paynter, with Max Gradel and Davide Somma also options up front once their suspensions are over.”

        • Craig

          On the other hand… “There are not many teams in this division with loads of money to spend on permanent transfers. Middlesbrough are one of the few teams who have done that, so you try to get the best free transfers available. We spent money on Neill Collins from Preston and that’s not to say there isn’t more money to spend as well.”

          So that’s clear then…

  • Paul Gittins

    @Jon

    Think you’re spot on.

    Coupled with the fact that Grayson has rapidly become a master at making statements to the press which are full of footballing cliches, but actually say very little …! (And nothing wrong with that!!)

  • Paul Gittins

    @Dje

    I suspect I may be a year or two older than you, but your comments about listening on the radio took me back to my childhood, and listening to Leeds on crackly AM radio playing in the old Fairs Cup ……

    And I have equally fond memories of going to some of those games at ER. Unlike today, when many of the European players are household names, in those days most of the teams were unheard-of.

    Them were t’days. Ujpesti Dosza, anyone ……..?????

    • Dje

      @paulg

      Without wanting to get too misty eyed for the old days – you’re right about there being something lost these days on being ‘too familiar’ with foreign football and footballers.

      With only a radio to transport you to some far-fetched unpronounceable foreign (football) field in deepest, darkest Eastern Europe led to you being forced to imagine the unimaginable – picturing the unseen. It made it feel both exotic and terrifying simultaneously – only adding to the sense of victory if we won, or ‘surviving’ if we got a point (or lost by only one).

      It’s changed now though, TV makes a game in the backwaters of Rumania look the same as a Third Round televised FA Cup match with one of the ‘big four’ having to travel to Stockport County.

      Perhaps this is why World Cups are increasingly seen as predictable, defensive-minded and a bit dull. All the teams and players know one another, and have studied endless reams of recorded matches. Gone are the days when the Mighty Magyars turned up and blew away England 6-3 in 1953, when Matthews and Ramsey didn’t know what hit them in the likes of Puskas and Czibor. Could you imagine the 2010 World Cup with England playing the USA, Algeria and Slovenia without the remotest idea how good or bad their team were going to be, or how they were likely to play – utterly terrifying! But as I said before, it’d make the result seem more worthy.

      I guess it is the pros and cons of globalisation and closer cultural contact around the world – less wars and more trade; just a shame that football teams/nations seem so similar and formulaic in the process.

  • henry vincent lewis

    I will be dumbfounded and decombobberated and very surprised if we do not have a new fast striker in before the big kick off.
    Simon knows it is a must!
    It may even be this week?
    Then one for midfield and another center-half and we will be ready!!

    Henry.

    Henry.

  • henry vincent lewis

    So good they named me twice!!
    Is there an echo in here?

  • Craig

    Now Betfair are trying to suggest Hooper would prefer a move to Preston! I think I’m going to take Betfair off my NewsNow page!

    • Craig

      The latest is a suggestion that we are after Sanchez Watt on a permanent deal – after having signed Lloyd Sam.

      • Craig

        How many of us are willing to follow Betfair’s invitation and post some equally believable rumours on their site?

  • Paul Gittins

    Preston were served with a winding-up order by HMRC just a couple of weeks ago!! Even with our notoriously tight-fisted ownership, we ought to be ahead of Preston on (a) ability to pay a transfer fee (b) ability to pay wages and (c) being a better long-term prospect ……???

    • TheReaper08

      @paulg And were then subsequently given a takeover ulitimatum by Trevor Hemmings, a man I ver familiar with through my love of jump racing and not short of the odd million, in fact he has been propping up Preston behind the scenes for years.

  • Craig

    Just read the third blog on the LUFC website. What brand of monkey is Thom Kirwin? This made me LoL:

    “I have been doing my best to get to grips with the pronunciations of the players names. Every time I think I’ve cracked it someone here corrects me. So I’m just going to call Kasper Schmeichel the ‘keeper’ and hope Sam and Paynter don’t see too much of the ball!”

    I would have thought being able to read words that sound as they look might be one of the non-negotiables for a reporter!

  • pete

    Does Lloyd Sam have a few invisible letters in his surname maybe?

    If he’s struggling with those, god help him when Bessone gets the ball…

  • henry vincent lewis

    Just seen a quote from Mick McCarthy at Wolves saying they have not had any approach from Leeds for Keogh!!
    He said Simon was a friend of his and had never contacted him.
    Another lie exposed!!

    • Craig

      @henryv

      I never believed it in the first place but have to say I’m pleased that the rumour has been discounted. Keogh is not good enough.