Despite a largely frustrating summer so far, Neil Warnock secured two good signings last week. The gaffer has now reportedly revived his interest in Portsmouth duo Luke Varney and David Norris, while Ross McCormack and Adam Clayton could be among the potential outgoings as Leeds look to make ends meet.
Warnock has begun his final week’s holiday before the new season and will hope to see better results from the club’s CEO Shaun Harvey, after Warnock’s last holiday saw Leeds reportedly miss out on numerous targets.
David Norris is reported to have talked to Sheffield Wednesday last week, and Leeds will not be able to dawdle over acquiring his signature.
Club top scorer McCormack, meanwhile, is reported by various sources to be attracting the interest of Premier League West Ham and Wigan Athletic, and Bristol City and newly promoted Huddersfield Town. The Scot, inexplicably overlooked by his national side this year, boasts a roughly 1:3 goals to games ratio at both Leeds and Cardiff where he has often played interchangably up front and on the wing, and has made the Actim Index’s top 100 Championship Players in 3 of the last 4 seasons.
Pompey’s Varney fills a similar role, and will be offloaded by his current club as they look to secure their survival. Varney has 4 years of experience in the Championship and 1 in the Premiership since leaving Crewe Alexandra in 2007, seeing his teams demoted in 4 of those 5 seasons.
Former Man City youngster Adam Clayton is also reportedly attracting the interest of Premier League Reading and Burnley.
David “Chuck” Norris spent four seasons at Ipswich prior to joining Pompey and made his name at Plymouth Argyle where he made over 200 appearances.
Is Adam Clayton and Ross McCormack a good swap for “Chuck” Norris and Luke Varney? Are we trading up, or down?