Updated throughout the day, welcome to The Scratching Shed’s transfer deadline day updates thread.

10:20 - Sky Sports are reporting that Leeds United have agreed a fee with Manchester City for the permanent transfer of Adam Clayton.

10:37 – Leeds linked with Rangers striker, Kyle Lafferty. With a likely fee of £2-3,000,000 and Blackpool also in the hunt, this one seems unlikely. Leeds also seem to be suitably covered in the striking department.

11:30 – Rumour circulating that Luciano Becchio could be on his way to Blackburn Rovers. He was allegedly spotted outside Ewood Park earlier today. Sounds like nonsense.

11:52 – The official Leeds United site has confirmed the signing of Ramon Nunez, who has been on trial with the club for the past month. No details about contract length have yet been released. Full story here.

12:17 – The BBC’s live transfer rumours feed also has us linked to Man City defender Dedryck Boyata. Norwich apparently leading the race, with us and the Toon keeping a close eye on proceedings.

12:48 – Betfair claim that we’re keeping tabs on Jason Roberts should his move to Wigan fall through.

13:39 – Michalik gone to Carlisle on loan until January the 3rd. One down…

14:15 – Simon Grayson on Yorkshire Radio confirms that a fee has been agreed for Adam Clayton with Manchester City. Contract negotiations currently under way. Expects one or two others to leave today after Lubo went to Carlisle. Hints that another player may sign today too. Full story here.

14:38 – Yorkshire Radio presenter, Thom Kirwin confirms that Luciano Becchio was training with the Leeds team this morning. This quashes earlier rumours that he was at Ewood Park (unless he’s got a body double?)

17:00 – With just one hour to go, Manchester City have confirmed that Adam Clayton has joined Leeds United on a permanent basis. Full story here.

17:47 – A very brief statement on the official Leeds United website reveals that Alan Sheehan has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

  • Matt BB

    i have to say given our wealth of options up front that the Becchio rumour could have legs, as much as it pains me to say it.

    One feature of this summer for once has been the lack of funds raised through sales. We need to sign a player like Clayton, and probably a further holding midfielder, but our numbers are just too much at the moment, so once again I wouldnt be surpsied to see someone like Johnson move today along with Robinson and the other transfer listed players.

    I’m also very surprisaed after a relatively low sepdning summer to see us spending money on Mccormack and probably clayton. I’m not going to complain too loudly because we need those players but I do hope we arent `impulse buying’ if we signed another stiker for instance I would start questioning the wisdom.

  • TSS

    Just been trying to figure out where the Becchio rumour came from, and I think you might be right. It’s one of the BBC’s reporters that claims to have seen him outside Ewood Park.

  • Dje

    We’re also monitoring Man City’s young defender, Dedryck Boyata … apparently.

    Sounds as if our scouts are a bunch of child groomers hanging around the Man City academy.

    • TSS

      @djedjedje

      Where you heard that one? All I can find is quotes from the lad saying he wants to battle for a few first team games this season at Citeh

      • Dje

        BBC’s Transfer day deadline day live day thing.

        @11.42: “One rumour flying about is that young Man City defender Dedryck Boyata is being tracked by Norwich City, with Newcastle and Leeds keeping a very close eye on developments.”

        Utter rubbish no doubt, but that’s half the fun. Actually, bit more than half, I’d say.

  • Matt BB

    @djedje well that makes a change us taking youngsters from a premier league team! Do you think compensation will be a problem..

    @TSS Losing Becchio would be a body blow, I’d rather see Paynter go! We already have Somma.

    • TSS

      @mattbb

      I disagree, I thought Paynter was Becchio’s replacement when we first signed him, and if that’s the case, it’s a good move from Larry. Paynter scored more than Beckford last season remember – seems strange that so many fans are quick to write him off?

      • Dje

        @TSS

        All depends on how much we get for Becchio. I won’t be chuffed if all we get is a pick of the Blackburn kids for a season long loan in exchange.

  • Matt BB

    finishing sentence, we already have Somma as back up.

  • Dje

    Ah, I see the “OK Man” joins!

  • Loki

    Clayton fee agreed.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12874_6349917,00.html?

    Looked out of his depth for me against Forest, although he was only on the pitch for 5 mins.

    Good Signing?

  • Loki
  • steve underwood

    wont be sad to see bechio go poor scoring record poor first touch no pace falls over when when blown on and please some one take johnson

  • superhoops

    @TSS @mattbb

    re Becchio:

    It’s not a BBC reporter. It’s a random bloke texting in. I very much doubt that is true, Blackburn are already trying to offload strikers. What are the chances of someone who knows what Becchio looks like seeing him arriving in Blackburn’s training ground? Absolute nonsense.

    Don’t know what the fuss with Somma is about. Read Brendan Ormsby in YEP – yeah he’s scored goals but his all round game is weak. Reminds me of the hype around Tresor Kandol 07/08, so would be please to see another striker come in!!

  • Matt BB

    I think we are all underestimating Becchios quality and his work ethic, he is an unselfish player, and could quite easily just play as a goal poacher, but doesnt. I think we will regret selling him if that happens.

    @TSS I’ve never been over the moon about the signing of Paynter as I think I’ve probably said before, I hope I’m wrong but I just think Becchio is a better all round player. Fair do’s to Larry however if he turns a couple of mil of profit on Becchio, and brings in another 3 players.

    Noticed we have signed Nunez, that means we now have, Gradel, Snodgrass, Sam, Howson, Johnson, all attacking mid.

  • Craig

    The Clayton story is now in the YEP. i assume it has happened then?

  • Christopher Gee

    Clayton’s five minutes against Forest were not good but he must have impressed in training. Without Becchio and Johnson we’d have less cover defending corners and Schmeichel wouldn’t have anyone to kick to.

  • jesmondwhite

    Is Nunez any good? For that matter, is Clayton any good (looked v shakey v Forest)??

  • Matt BB

    @craig The YEP is alsao saying we are sniffing around Kyle Lafferty, now that would be a fantastic signing, him and Mccormack up front would be a brilliant strikeforce.

  • TSS

    @mattbb The love affair with Becchio the Leeds fans have disguises his flaws. He doesn’t score enough, misses sitters every week and slows play down when we’re on a break with his highly rated “holding-the-ball-up-skills”

    A striker that doesn’t score enough goals isn’t good enough. It really is that black and white.

    • Dje

      @TSS

      Shhhhh – don’t talk too loud, you might make Blackburn take note!

  • Dje

    @mattbb

    I think Nunez has come into add a more progressive central midfield option to that of Howson and Johnson. I doubt he’ll feature on the wing which is the realm of Sam, Snodgrass and Gradel. Also, a midfielder/striker offers a great ‘multi-player’ option to use.

    I have to say that I’m genuinely excited about seeing Nunez play for us. The unknown element means he could be absolute class (don’t consider the alternative). If I knew he was going to join us then I’d have shown more interest in Honduras at the World Cup when he played for them. As it was, Honduras battled hard to be my least interesting team to watch and although I’m told that I saw them play the full ninety-minutes twice, I’m damned if I can recall a positive football comment to make about them.

  • Howard Bartle

    No one is going to take Johnson even though I have had the prayer mat out for the last 6 months

  • Ryan H

    Becchio is definetly the workhorse of the team, granted he doesn’t score as much goals as we’d all like to see but has @mattbb say’s he is a unselfish player he does the stuff that other players don’t want to do and works tirelessly for the team, no one can knock Becchio’s work rate for the cause and i think he would be a miss for the team.

  • Tim Campbell

    Arthur Graham put up some youtube vids of nunez yesterday and he looks class – can score from long range, great passer, strong on the ball I’M IN LOVE LOL

  • TSS

    No one’s knocking his work-rate, he just isn’t good enough.

  • Loki

    I’m with TSS on this one, Becchio doesn’t score enough goal and for that reason alone he’s not good enough. That said, I do love his work-rate.

    I think the bottom line is he’s probably a Championship striker at best. We’re not a Championship club at best.

  • steve underwood

    looks like people are now seeing becchio for wat he is some one who works hard but the end result is poor touch slow plus a striker is rated on goals scored his record is poor at the end of the day he is a poor mans heskey

    • TSS

      Unfortunately @banditsteve123, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head.

      I’ve never rated him as highly as everyone else seems to. His contribution in L1 was invaluable, I admit, but it’s a scrappy league he’s well suited to – At higher levels, his goal ratio isn’t high enough.

      • Side Before Self

        There’s not many teams that have two 20 goal a season strikers most have a 20 and a 12-15 goal striker. Becchio will get 12-15 goals this season. Bare in mind in his last 18 games (six last season, six pre-season and six this season) hes scored 11 goals. Not bad for a guy who doesnt score enough goals

        • TSS

          Pre-season means nothing though in fairness.

          I just don’t see Becchio as having the ability for this level, and definitely not the next. If he’s used as a squad player, fair enough, but he isn’t a first choice striker.

  • WheelsV1

    Becchio is class player he does hard work Tht player like beckford didnt do he run him self in to ground look at beckford now wiv no1 to do his work at everton clayton and roman hopefully had bit creativity whn give there chances u cant judge a player on 5mins again any team and bak Becchio paynter is like Becchio on goal rate really last season woz good but let say flash in pan for him at swindon by all means most of his goals woz more luck thn paynter brilliants hope am wrong but I pick Becchio any day of the week

  • Tim Campbell

    Boy o boy I bet we’re gonna frighten the hell out of opposition defences with our attacking options this season – looking at the other squads in the championship ours definitely looks most threatening going forward

  • Dje

    What, five hours to go and absolutely no rumours about a central defender or a proper defensive midfield general. Not surprised, but am disappointed.

    [waits]

    • TSS

      @djedjedje

      Just updated again with Jason Roberts link. Thoughts?

      • Dje

        @TSS

        Missed that one!

        I think wages would be a stumbling block to start with, and Roberts did well at Wigan so I imagine that’s where he’d prefer to be, and at the right footballing level too.

        Beyond that he’s definitely better than Hulse who we’ve been linked with for the target man position. At 32 I guess there’s a season or two in him and an excellent job he could do for us, so all in all I’d welcome him (with less than five hours to go).

        But would Blackburn really take Becchio in the other direction? Seems a rough deal for them.

        Stranger things have happened mind.

  • steve underwood

    do we really need another striker wat we need is defensive midfield even if its rae just hope there is room for snodgrass when fit

    • TSS

      @banditsteve123

      Snoddy’s still our key player, and I think Bruce was signed as DM so that won’t be a priority I don’t think.

      • Dje

        Not sure, it’s taken him a long time to ‘bed in’ for that position then. Must be fit enough – as Grayson’s played him twice at the back already.

        Time will tell… [waits]

  • Dje

    @banditsteve123

    * Probably not. Unless Paynter’s shin is f****d afterall. I’d defintily swap Becchio for Roberts though (as long as we didn’t utterly trash our wage bill in the process).

    * With you on the defensive midfielder.

    * I’ve utter faith that Snodgrass will make his own room in the team.

    [waits]

  • steve underwood

    still think both full backs need looking at hope snoddy signs his contract soon keep hoping that johnson will go apart from heading the ball on wat else does he do oh yes he cant shoot cant pass cant cross cant take free kicks apart from that wat a player

  • Dje

    @banditsteve123

    I think Grayson has made his bed with Connolly and Bessone for the ‘new’ fullback – so he’ll have to sleep in it now.

    Wishful thinking about Johnson, IMHO.

  • Howard Bartle

    Lubo out on loan to Carlisle on Oficial website

    • Dje

      @Howard Bartle

      Good result for all concerned. Hopefully there’s a ‘buy-him-now’ fee/ ‘take his wages of our hands for good’ agreed with Carlisle come the end of the loan in the New Year, but I sadly doubt it.

  • steve underwood

    yes think your right regarding fullback connolly might be ok bessone looks scared playing at elland road hpoe ben parker returns soon he could turn out to be best left back in championsip

    • Dje

      @banditsteve123

      Yep, sooner Parker back the better. Connolly looks adequate for this level, nothing more.

      As for Bessone … well let’s hope that out manager, a former full back, can teach the lad the defensive rudimentaries involved with playing that position. God knows how Swansea had one of the best defensive records of the league last season with him as their left-back!

  • steve underwood

    think he was injured alot

  • Dje

    Lol – just when I thought there was some hope!!

  • Gustavo

    the Lubo loan deal is until January 3

  • TSS

    @djedjedje

    They play a very defensive style too. Their two central midfielders both tend to hold back, and they only commit the strikers and wingers forward on counter attacks. A bit George Graham-esque. Absorb the pressure, and hope to get lucky on the break.

  • Craig

    How does Mrs TSS and any little TSS’ who may exist feel about you planning your holidays around crucial dates like today TSS?

    • TSS

      @craig

      No little TSS’ thankfully, but the better half has given in arguing about anything to do with Leeds. She learnt the hard way that she comes second when I chose Leeds United games over insignificant things like birthday parties and weddings.

      And besides, I do most of my TSS updates in works time! The really fascinating part is how I still have a job?

      • Craig

        @TSS

        Any jobs going in your department TSS? I’m looking for employment at the moment and I’d flourish under a similar level of scrutiny.

        • TSS

          @craig It’s not just a job you can walk into Craig. It takes years of experience to efficiently manage time as well as I do, to ensure that work think you’re an invaluable asset to the company whilst you spend half the week sciving.

          I really should open a work shop up to train people in this art-form.

  • Dje

    @craig

    Ask them tomorrow when they’re let back out the cellar.

    • TSS

      @djedjedje

      Don’t be ridiculous, I live in the sky, I don’t have a cellar.

      I do have a very spacious walk-in and lockable wardrobe though for when she tries to test my priorities.

  • Gryff

    Man City website says we’ve signed Clayton now :fumup:

    • Colin

      result on getting clayton – any news on how much?

  • paulg

    Leeds fans are a funny bunch, sometimes …..!

    Beckford got a lot of stick ‘cos he “didn’t work hard enough”, even though he scored 60-odd goals in 2 seasons ….. now Becchio’s under the cosh for not scoring enough, even though he never stops running around!! I’ve always thought he’d probably give way to Paynter when the latter’s fit; surprised that we haven’t got him to sign a new contract, though, given the Beckford business last season.

    As for Clayton, it amazes me that anyone can write him off on the basis of quarter of an hour against Derby, and less than 5 minutes at Forest ……

    • Gryff

      @paulg But it’s different fans (predominantly) who are criticising Lucci from those who criticised Beckford I think! :)

      Becchio works hard for Leeds but as a striker he does seem a bit dizzy when shooting I think…

      Clayton looks to have a bit of potential from what Carlisle fans i’ve talked to say, but at 21 with only a loan spell at Carlisle i’m not going to raise my hopes too much in case he doesn’t do well here.

      • TSS

        @paulg

        Re. Beckford/Becchio @gryff is spot-on. I was Beckford’s biggest fan and spent half my life defending him, but aren’t on the Becchio-can-do-no-wrong/”he tries” wagon now. Yes, he gives everything for the cause, but doesn’t make up for his lack of ability as this level I’m afraid. There are far better strikers around who should be starting ahead of Luci.

  • Craig

    Sheehan’s gone too according to the LUFC site. Contact cancelled.

  • Gryff

    Feel sorry for Sheehan with his stay at Leeds, but League One is probably his level. Good news, more wages off the budget.

  • TSS

    @colin Cheers mate, have updated. Glad it’s nearly closed, I’m exhausted!

  • Tim Wilsom

    Where’s the bloody icing

  • tim campbell

    Heard on Sky Sports that premier squads of 25 have to be finalised by 5pm tomorrow. So expect a few big moves in the loan market

  • Bill Fox

    Andy Robinson…no takers? Not wholly surprised.

    Loan window opens next Tuesday I think….icing the cake will have to wait whilst the marzipan settles.

  • Gryff

    @leedsusa that’s what I wondered, too. SG shouldn’t have gotten our hopes up like that :(

    Good window overall, though. Hopefully we can build on this in Jan & in the loan market.