Neil Warnock has today revealed that a medical is taking place this afternoon at Thorp Arch, and that he hopes to unveil two new signings within the next 24 hours.
“We’re a bit thin. As we talk there could be two within the next 24 hours. We’re doing medicals on Monday afternoon so there’s more news on the horizon.”
Warnock said that one of the two players was currently with the team down in Cornwall, whilst the second would be undergoing a medical at Thorp Arch.
There’s a few players Warnock could be referring to. Frenchman Sebastien Faure is believed to be on trial with the club, but since he’s only just joined the team, it’s highly unlikely that Neil Warnock will be ready to put pen to paper and close the deal. More likely candidates are Andy Gray and Martin Crainie, both of whom are on trial with the club and travelled with the team after taking part in the 5-2 pre-season friendly win at Farsley Celtic on Friday night.
Another possibility is Luke Varney – the Portsmouth striker/winger Leeds have been linked with for a while now. Considering the close proximity of Portsmouth to Cornwall, Warnock may have decided it would be easier for Varney to complete his medical at Leeds United’s training camp down south rather than travel north to Thorp Arch.
As for the player having his medical at Thorp Arch, all signs point to Jamaican midfielder Rodolph Austin. Leeds have been negotiating with SK Brann for a couple of weeks now with several news agencies now reporting that a fee has been agreed, leaving the Jamaican free to discuss terms and undertake his medical.
Elsewhere, a Norwich City site claims that Robert “Snoddgrass” is set to team up with former Leeds United midfielders Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson at Carrow Road. “The word in Leeds” says it’s already a “done deal” according to the writer, although he does cover his bases by claiming there will be showdown talks with Neil Warnock before anything is finalised (which means it can’t possibly be a “done deal,” no?).
As luck would have it, I’m in Leeds today so decided to put on my journalistic hat on, step outside and put my ear to the ground. Whilst I heard absolutely no talk about Robert Snodgrass, I did hear what sounded like a herd of camels stomping their way through Beeston… I don’t know if that means anything, but it was certainly unusual…