Lee Peltier has returned from Leicester’s pre-season camp in idyllic Austria to try to force a move to West Yorkshire. Simon Grayson is believed to have made a bid for the former Huddersfield full-back, thought to reach £650k after additions, but Leicester have asked for a higher basic fee with more cash up front as they look to limit their losses on Peltier, who cost the Foxes £750k last season.
Leeds are still understood to be favourites for Peltier’s signature, but might need cash from the sale of transfer listed players to complete the increasingly expensive move with the Rodolph Austin deal still making progress, with unsubstantiated rumours that he might have already agreed personal terms. Leeds are also apparently considering a £500k deal for Aidan White to Derby County, which could fund the Peltier move.
Peltier, who was an important part of Leicester’s team last season, is still fairly popular with Leicester fans but Nigel Pearson prefers other targets he’s managed before.
After the media publicised Norwich City’s bid for club captain Robert Snodgrass, Neil Warnock has quelled rumours that he is looking to sell one of Leeds’ prize assets, telling the Official Site:
We’d like to keep Rob, and Rob knows that. Whether that will be possible we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s difficult when players get their heads turned, but I’d like to keep Rob at the club and that’s what I’m trying to do at the moment. Unless they come up with a valuation that the club thinks is satisfactory then that’s what we want to do.
Neil Warnock has made no secret this summer that he would like to keep Snodgrass for another year to help Leeds’ push for promotion, even if it means allowing the player to run down his contract at the club because he is potentially so valuable to the side, like Beckford in Leeds’ successful promotion from League One. Robert Snodgrass currently has a contract offer on the table, from April, but the jungle drums have it the captain has not “had his head turned” and is still waiting for Warnock’s major surgery to reach a more advanced stage before deciding on his future after several empty promises over the last few years, fellow Scot and top-scorer Ross McCormack one possible outgoing, and the midfield rebuilding still in the early stages. Neil Warnock does, though, seem adamant that this is the case.
Reading The Guardian’s Secret Footballer column yesterday one thing struck home. Robert Snodgrass once bravely questioned in public how you could sell your club captain when you’re promising to aim for promotion, and revealed the empty promises from various levels at the club. The Secret Footballer wrote a few months ago:
I knew that I was good enough to be playing every week in the Premier League and at the start of the season I never thought for one second we’d get relegated.
No player ever does, of course, but for some there is a genuine concern that each season in the top flight may be their last for the simple fact that if the team are relegated then they will stay put, the best players will be sold and their replacements will be nothing like as good.
The situation cash-strapped demotion teams apparently find themselves in, seems to be exactly that a team that finished just outside the playoffs two seasons ago found itself. Rumours are all over the place, while L.U.S.T. have responded to member concerns by asking for any more concrete news (three weeks after the last update), but the mooted takeover is still not completed.