Leeds United Rumour Mill Round-Up TSS December 15, 2011 Transfer News 22 Comments Ross McCormack to Blackburn Rovers/Wolves We start with the somewhat believable rumour that Leeds United’s top goalscorer is being chased by Blackburn Rovers and Wolves. The rumour, published on numerous sites including Footy Mad, is attributed to the Press Association which is the only reason I have to doubt it’s authenticity – the PA are a serious news organisation that don’t tend to concern themselves with football gossip. Luciano Becchio to Middlesbrough Absolute nonsense. Becchio has been an integral part of the first team for a while now, has shown absolutely no desire to leave and would not be sold to a rival Championship club. Stuart Parnaby to Leeds (Free Agent) Believable, mainly because he’s a free agent and we’ve been linked with him in the past. Has had trials with Millwall, Charlton Athletic and ourselves, but no one wanted to take the risk due to a back injury that has left him without a club since Birmingham released him at the end of last season. It’s claimed Simon Grayson will take another look at the 29-year-old right back in January, which makes perfect sense as it’s a no-lose situation for us. Keith Andrews from Blackburn Rovers It wouldn’t be a Leeds United transfer window if Keith Andrews wasn’t linked – second only to Alan Smith for the most consistent rumour. Simon Grayson has made no secrets of his desire to sign Andrews, so some attempt may be made again. Would be surprised if he actually came to Elland Road, but his six month loan with Ipswich expires shortly and with Becchio linked to Blackburn, rumours of a part-ex deal are inevitable. Other odds and ends… Robert Snodgrass and Aidy White will be linked with every club in England, but neither will be sold – there’s no way for Bates to justify his promotion demands if he sells key assets. We may lose a bit of “deadwood” but the first team will be largely unaffected. I suspect Andy Keogh and Danny Pugh will be signed permanently at some point in the near future, and that we may see one or two new arrivals – nothing too exciting, just a little added depth. Fans shouldn’t expect too much from this transfer window. Very few moves are ever made in January – it’s just an illusion created by endless speculation in the press. No one is going to sell you their key players midway through a campaign, so you’re left with the odd out-of-favour gem and a dozen or so clubs fighting over them.