luke murphyOn the day major changes swept through the Elland Road boardroom, Leeds United’s new hierarchy sent a resounding statement of intent to the rest of the Championship by beating Blackburn Rovers, among others, to the signing of highly-rated Crewe midfielder Luke Murphy.

In doing so, Leeds United had to dig deep, splashing out what is believed to be a seven-figure sum for the first time in eight years.

Murphy has attracted widespread interest this summer from Premier League and Championship sides and was believed to be heading to Blackburn Rovers until Leeds United hijacked the deal at the last minute.

We asked earlier whether the post-Bates era of Leeds United was just another false dawn, but early indications suggest the sleeping giant has finally awoken.

Questions still hang over Leeds United’s new ownership, but actions speak much louder than words and the signing of Luke Murphy is exactly the kind of positive PR GFH Capital need, infinitely more effective than fake fan Q&A sessions with our new chairman.

23 year-old Murphy has already sampled the sweet taste of promotion with former club Crewe, helping them win the League Two play-off final in 2012 before adding the Football League Trophy to his successes earlier this year. In all, Murphy made 186 appearances for Crewe scoring 25 goals. Named Crewe’s player of the season 2012/13, Murphy also featured in the League One team of the year.

Brian McDermott expressed his delight at completing the deal, saying that;

“I’ve watched his career progress, and I feel he was the best player in his division last year.

“Luke certainly fits the profile of players that we’re looking to attract: Young, hungry, and obviously talented, I’d like to thank the owners for making this deal happen. We had spoken about Luke being one of the key signings.”

Attention now turns to the rest of Brian McDermott’s targets, which include another highly-rated League One player, Tommy Rowe. Along with Murphy, these are exactly the kind of targets Leeds United should be focusing on –  young, eager players with plenty of scope for development and, perhaps most importantly, a point to prove at this level.

  • LeedsAre Buying

    yessssssss

  • Ed

    Great about time we r looking at young talent instead of has beefs and knock downs Mot belfast

  • Brainio

    Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Bates out and a million pound signing. Is it July 1st or April 1st?

  • mrbigwheels

    Need a drink and possibly pills…. My man in Peterborough says watch this space!.

  • Try beanie

    Well done GFH more now please

  • Ilkleywhite

    Great news, first of many, sounds like a good player from the famous Gresty Road school of football, isn’t it funny how Crewe keep finding these players, which just goes to show what a good academy can produce, now how about Lionel Messi, he looks half decent
    MOT

  • James

    Does he play on the wing or a central role?

  • JONTY

    Oh jeez someone please pass me the smelling salts because dear old Stevie boy has fainted!!

  • Chris Wilkinson

    Seems a little unofficial if this is the only site reporting this signing. Hasn’t happened yet.

    • TSS

      We’re quoting Sky Sports (it’s linked above). Local press in Crewe were considering a done deal before that too, so there’s plenty to back this up. OS won’t announce until they’ve gone through the formalities, always the same.

      • Ludlow Leeds

        Undergoing second part of medical as of now. Has agreed terms but not signed and sealed yet.

  • spellz

    And there it is our first 7 figure signing in 8 years now you have to give credit to the board they made this happen and nearly a decade since we have paid this much for anyone (nearly a decade) shows that we need to move on from the era that was bates and hope our existing board can let McD bring in some further good signings as he mounts his assault on the championship table this year.

    I am jubilant ,optimistic and damn right smug that we beat them teams for his signature too and the boards all round statement of intent is refreshing one difference this time round they have proved they can dig deep good on them, fuck yeah best news I have heard in a while at our club. M.O.T as always.

  • El Van C

    Last week I moaned about all the moaners on here, and how we just need to hang on in there, be optimistic and give GFH a chance when the window actually opens…even my optimism didn’t stretch this far!! I’m actually in shock. MOT!!!!!!

    • spellz

      Also I might add People need to stop being negative we have been at our worst being in the third tier, since Grayson got us up still much hasn’t changed in the way of attitude towards giving a chance, which in some senses is fair enough as we have basically been stripped of our assets in the form of a blood sucking vampire.

      It is just that we need to move on so we can all pull together and move this club in the right direction and the only way we can get promoted is if we are in high spirits and then the players might feel a little less pressure and scrutiny and might actually get the job done, give GFH a chance it is their first full season the transfer window is now open and they have landed the first 7 figure signing we have had in 8 years surely that means something. M.O.T AA.

  • henrymouni

    I feel cock-o-hoop just now.

    It will be interesting to see if we persue Tommy Bow, or have bought Murphy as a cheaper option?

    While we know GFH are stretched to the limit, they seem to be prepared to speculate to accumulate.
    Something Bates never did with the team.
    Or it may be we have a new investor?
    Either way I am really looking forward to this coming season.

    • spellz

      Something gives me the feeling someone else is in on the act too, maybe they will release a statement soon to say they have further investment either way let us bask in the glory of our signing.

      • mrbigwheels

        “”what a difference… a day makes”.

        • spellz

          Simply put today is a big day MBW.

        • henrymouni

          That’s what worries me Mrb!

    • Tom

      1. It’s cock-a-hoop.
      2. It’s Tommy Rowe. He’s a winger. Murphy is a central midfielder.

      • henrymouni

        Thank you Tom.
        We don’t let facts get in the way of a good thread.

      • henrymouni

        If Rowe is a whinger we don’t want him Tom!

    • mrbigwheels

      Thank the good Lord you are now cock-o-hoop Henri.

      • henrymouni

        It may last all season??

    • DUBLIN LUFC

      still need some pace, a few wingers and a decent striker. Good news but were more than 1 player short of having a decent chance next season. Murphy on his own is not enough but lets hope this is is the first signing of at least 4 or 5. and hopefully get rid of the deadwood. Good day all the same.

  • craig

    get in and thank you i would also like to say sorry for being a moaning twat. on on on Mot…….. I cant focus on work now……..

    • spellz

      Marching on together.

  • spellz

    Feel the resounding optimism running through this page right now, feels good don’t it.

    • henrymouni

      Yup!

      • Matthew

        It was only a few days ago you were claiming GFH were the devil and that they were destroying the club. A bit fickle there dude.

        • spellz

          I remember me and you the minority sharing optimism the other day Matty, seems we was right to be optimistic, anyway give Henry a break at least he is happy it seems miracles can happen :)

          • henrymouni

            I am as happy as Scrooge on Christmas morning!

          • spellz

            Warnock and Bates – ghost of christmas past

            Brian McD – ghost of christmas present

            Premier League – ghost of christmas future

            Bah humbug to ya Henry.

          • Matthew

            Yeah, today if anything is a good day all around. And it’s all good, just found his change of heart amusing lol. Consider that subject dropped.
            Just yeah, it was obvious things were going to work out in the end. Brian McD wouldn’t of stuck around if we were going to come out of this worse off lol

          • spellz

            Yes long may it continue my friend.

          • Matthew

            Indeed, as long as its not 1 step forward 2 steps back. Happy to see this window close once we’ve got all we’ve needed from it lol

        • henrymouni

          I said they were skint.
          They were. Maybe still are, but lets be positive and see what happens.
          They have done good today, but let us be cautiously optimistic.
          They told Brian, only a few days ago that the money was not there.
          Something good must have happened.
          We are still in debt, and unless some big money has come in, we will continue to be.
          To be fair to GFH they are trying to support Brian, which is all they can do.
          We deserve a bit of good luck, and I am enjoying the moment!
          It is the best day we have had for years!!!

  • mrbigwheels

    Heavy investment into ownership by end of the week?.
    GFH have traded 120million (number) shares today.
    Something on the cards?.

    • henrymouni

      Stop teasing Mrb!

  • Reginald Glovebox

    Yeah yeah yeah, he’s young and talented and has ambition and potential to get even better. BUT where does this leave Michael Brown? Has anyone thought about that?

    • mrbigwheels

      Not even on the bench… Reg.

    • spellz

      You never know McD might be able to utilise him in another position….lets say ball boy.

      • TSS

        Kop Cat.

        • spellz

          At least that way we wouldn’t have to see his face again.

        • henrymouni

          Fighting with the other mascot?
          Frightening the children?
          Can a mascot get sent off?

        • gistheman

          Oh that’s not fair on kop cat, but funny all the same lol!. I wonder if we will have someone else in or may be 2 by the end of the week
          Mot

    • WhiteinBramcote

      Up for sale maybe?

    • JackAshurstisalegend

      It leaves Brown exactly where he should have been 12 months ago. Packing his bags and collecting his pension!

    • henrymouni

      No.
      I don’t think we have Reg.

  • Banditsteve122

    I don’t want to put a damper on things but he has not yet signed

  • Tyler75

    Great news – but I hope this doesn’t mean that Chris Dawson’s development is hindered as they seem to be a similar style of player. We definitely do have too many midfielders so I assume Mac is looking at a clear out.

    • henrymouni

      I think there is room for both in the middle.
      Chris Dawson is a real terrier, with a lot of skill, and goalscoring ability.
      He is still young so will be part of the squad to begin with, but not for long!

  • mrbigwheels

    Just thinking…. Brian said last week (roughly) “we should have a second signing next week and none of my targets have lost interest as yet”…. Well this certainly isn’t Noel Hunt as many assumed it would be…. What is before us, I wonder?. Mmmmmm.?.

    • TSS

      That signing definitely wasn’t Murphy. He said it was already a done deal and we hand’t acted on Murphy at that point, he was planning to join Blackburn on Friday.

      I still think that was Hunt. Expecting that to be announced quite soon too.

      • mrbigwheels

        Was Murphy a listed target, I wonder?. Interesting…
        The Morison deal was done on Friday, wasn’t it?. So freeing up mega wages and suddenly £1m+ pops up!.
        Perhaps Bates and Harvey departing makes life a whole lot easier to ‘get on with it’ and free to do what owners and manager really want to do. Bates was active on a daily basis up to the end by internal accounts.

        Are we nearly there on this deal yet?. Phew!.

        • TSS

          Yes. but the other signing was already agreed by Friday. Doesn’t sound like we spoke with Crewe and Murphy until the weekend.

          • mrbigwheels

            Thank you. He’s signed. Yay!!!!. Time for Champers.

    • Tyler75

      Club has just announced a sponsorship deal with SkyBET; this looks like where the money has come from for Murphy – I can’t imagine Brian Mac would blow his entire transfer budget on a League 1 midfield player so hopefully there’ some more left over for Matt Mills.

      • mrbigwheels

        Really!. Bloody hell. This is memorable. Mills and Rowe could happen.

  • Banditsteve122

    It’s done he has signed a 3 year deal on LEEDS website

    • spellz

      Nice one for the heads up Bandit, rejoice we have spent a million on a player.

      M.O.T as always.

  • Asam

    YES YES thank heavens positive news from the mighty Leeds. I would like to thank GHF for appointing Salah Nooruddin and providing us starved united supporters with a glimpse of hope. Thanks to all the fans who posted on many sites about Leeds not having a pot to piss in. Thank you for making us true Supporters proud of our history smile again with high expectations.

  • morleywhite

    My team for this season would be…

    Scott Carson/Kenny
    new RB, Lees, Peltier/Matt Mills, new LB
    Rowe/Diouf, Green/Austin, Murphy, Byram
    McCormack, Becchio (loan)/Matt Smith

    Subs: Ashdown, Hall, Warnock, White, Poleon, Dawson
    Out: Varney/Brown/Norris/Tonge/Drury
    Loan out: Pearce/Thompson

    We need to unearth a couple of gems from the lower leagues or championship at RB & LB £300-400k for both, Matt Mills loan or £500k, Rowe £500k, Becchio back on loan or even Nahki Wells a cheaper option from Bradford £500k. Scott Carson not sure maybe £500k-£1m. Loans/outs would free up some cash on wages to get a couple of top end Premier League youngsters on board with something to prove.

    Another £2-3m well spent would see us into automatic and a return to the promised land I think. My only concern would be if we could stay there. Nobody wants to get tonked every week and come straight back down. Some careful spending at the next level would see us cement our place at the top table.

  • Matthew

    Someone on twitter said why would Luke Murphy choose Leeds over Blackburn. Isn’t that obvious? Better fanbase, bigger crowds and more importantly, with us, Murphy will be playing under ONE manager this season, not 3-4 like he would at Blackburn lol

  • on and on

    Matthew— Also if he went to Blackburn as i pointed out on one of Blackburns sites till we arrived it was like waiting at the doctors . you cuddnt hear a fffucciinng thing.
    Who would want to play in front of fans like that MOT

  • gistheman

    Well this great for the club and shows some intent from gfh to us fans let there b more to come. With the 1 bm said was a done deal so is it possible that we may sign 3 in a week, or is that pushing it a bit mot always.

  • wyla

    Is it realistic to hope this is the 1st of a few astute cash signings that could really make the difference? Lets hope so but if not we could always try sneaking an extra player on the pitch as morley white seems to be suggesting.

    • morleywhite

      Scott Carson/Kenny (1)
      new RB (2), Lees (3), Peltier/Matt Mills (4), new LB (5)
      Rowe/Diouf (6), Green/Austin (7), Murphy (8), Byram (9)
      McCormack (10), Becchio (loan)/Matt Smith (11)
      Where’s the extra player???

  • DUBLIN LUFC

    Did they not have a clean home shirt for him? Fantastic news, hopefully the first of many.

  • Tyler75

    I don’t want to distract your attention from this wonderful blog but on the WALL site, their is a post suggesting that £5m has been transferred from one of GFH’s companies to Leeds; this will presumably be offset against cashflow from the SKY Bet deal, but all points to the fact that Brian Mac has been given some money to spend and that we’ve now got people in charge of the club who understand how investment may reap rewards. Bowe, Hunt and Mills next ?

    • TSS

      Think he’s confused himself to be honest with you. He certainly hasn’t unearthed anything noteworthy through his “research”, merely misunderstood what he was reading

      The £5m transfer he speaks of is merely a movement of outstanding debt. A loan GFH had previously made to the club (presumably to keep us in the black last season) was transferred to someone else and secured against shares. So instead of us owing GFH the money they’d already put in, we now owe someone else it.

      This was all covered on the day that it happened by David Conn, ourselves and the Yorkshire Post among others. Some people seemed to misinterpret what it actually was and have spread the rumour of investment – which it isn’t. Simply money owed moved from GFH’s books to another company David Haigh is a director of. Presumably for the purposes of making one companies accounts look healthier.

      • Tyler75

        That’s cleared that up then – that will teach me to read inferior blogs !

  • lufclover

    Before we all get to excited has anyone thought the money may come from the sale of Sam Byram?

  • big ballz

    as long as it is sensible spending don’t want anymore ridsdale palava.

    • TSS

      Haha, I’ve been waiting for someone to make that comment. Took longer than expected. Damned if you do…

    • Matthew

      We kinda do need a few midfield additions though, worth breaking the bank for that. Unless you want Michael Brown and Varney and co getting more starts next season.

  • bazza

    great news for the club!! tommy rowe,noel hunt, another striker and defender and a bit of luck and we’ll be back in the big time!! leeds leeds leeds!!

    • Matthew

      Considering how much they want for Gayle(8.5 mill) doesn’t it make you worry they’ll ask stupid money for their Captain? Doubt we’l get Rowe to be honest.

      • TSS

        You should disregard 90% of what Barry Fry says, he’s played this game for years, making silly comments to make headlines. Last I heard, they’d agreed a fee of around £3m? (plus add-ons)

        But you cut your cloth accordingly when it comes to pricing a player based on their contract and the teams interested. Gayle has attracted Prem interest, so his price will be higher. That’s not true of Tommy Rowe, plus he only has a year remaining on his contract. He’ll be much cheaper.

        • Irving08

          And he’s not a striker. He is attainable.

          • TSS

            Yeah, that too. Strikers always cost more.

        • Matthew

          I hope you’re right TSS. After signing arguably the most talented prospect in this division in Murphy, having Rowe to go with it is always nice lol

  • Matthew

    The Tom Ince to Cardiff and other such reports make me happy. Championship clubs selling their crown jewels makes this league a little bit easier each time, and most won’t reinvest it all back in their squads anyway as most teams are losing money in this league lol
    Better Tom Ince leaves Blackpool than playing against us.

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  • Irving08

    Interesting signing, on several counts. It is bold: we urgently needed a creative midfield player yet instead of trawling the Championship for one – and there are several whom we may have got (eg Perkins of Barnsley), he has gone for a player from Division I. This is the decision of a confident Manager, who trusts his own judgement, and is not afraid to do the unexpected. The youth of the player in question is only noteworthy because of the previous Manager’s proclivity for the so-called ‘tried and tested’ (though resources were also a factor). The signing also shows that we can compete for players with teams who enjoy the benefit of parachute payments – at what, if any cost to our squad, remains to be seen. The fact that the player chose us over both these sides, is also good for our self-regard. It probably says something about our Manager too: players want to work with him. All in all a significant moment in the recent history of LUFC.

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  • Tare

    Chris Dawson and EHD are missing here. Chris is the next MF General in the Whites shirt like Bobby Collins, John Giles, Tony Currie, Sheridan, Macca etc. One can get exited but the real truth is out there if and when we promote we are the best in a classical way but not in numbers.

    Tare

    • Irving08

      That’s a big billing for the boy, Tare: let’s hope you’re right. If this new lad is all BM says he is, then we are in for a treat – with Byram, doing the Madeley bit, Whitie tearing up the left, Macca banging them in….can’t wait.

      Now let’s have a whip round to buy Lorimer’s (on the market) and create a LUFC trail, Salem, Sheridan’s watering hole etc…New offices and housing in the area will subsidise it. Rename it TSS !

      • Tare

        Irving I have seen some players in my life and Chris is one of a kind. Skills, attitude, vision and mobility all good ingredients which play makers are made of! Andrea Pirlo in present day comes to my mind.
        Tare

        • henrymouni

          Or a small Zinedine Yazid Zidane?

          • Tare

            Why not?

            Tare

        • Irving08

          So, we are thinking Giles ?

    • henrymouni

      I have seen Chris Dawson playing on a few occasions.

      He is a great lad, with lots of ability and heart.

      He needs to build up his strength and stamina for the championship, but I am sure he will fit right in as the season progresses.

      The pre-season games will be big for him, as they were for Sam.

      • Tare

        Chris début in Derby game; well his substitution was as it was but his glance aftermath in TV cameras well he was just gutted in nice way to say. His attitude is and will be 150 % and we must enjoy while it lasts.
        I usually do not make any diamond evaluations of players but CD is in that bracket for sure.

        Tare

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