Another u-turn for Leeds United as Massimo Cellino returns to Chesterfield and agrees a fee for Liam Cooper.

Leeds attempted to sign the highly-rated defender earlier in the transfer window but weren’t prepared to meet Chesterfield’s asking price, offering a fee rumoured to be in the region of £350,000 which Chesterfield rejected, demanding a fee closer to £1,000,000.

It seems a compromise has been reached however with a deal now agreed for a fee which is being reported as anything from £500,000 to £750,000.

BellusciPerhaps the display at Millwall opened Massimo’s eyes to how lacking in key areas Leeds United remain and reinforcements for the rest of the positions we remain desperately lacking in will quickly follow.

Cooper started his career at Hull City and has made over 100 appearances for the club’s he’s represented to date. The 22-year-old will undergo a medical at Elland Road tomorrow before putting pen to paper and completing the switch.

Also today, Leeds United have completed the signing of Giuseppe Bellusci, a 24-year-old Italian defender with a wealth of experience in Serie A. He arrives at Elland Road on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

With defensive reinforcements now in place, one would hope Leeds United’s attention turns to the wide-areas for the width we’ve been lacking for the last two seasons. There’s also the small matter of replacing the Championship’s top goalscorer in 2013/14.

  • Adel lufc

    So who is going to be the main pairing? Aren’t they both centre backs and with Pearce as prospective captain he is unlikely to be dropped? What do you think?

    • Chareose

      I think Cooper will start being a bench player but I suspect in the long term it will end up being Cooper & Bellusci unless Pearce lifts his game a bit
      This is great news…… 4 more players to go !

  • Pissedoffpacifist

    Is Cellino even aware of the shocking lack of natural width in this team? We haven’t been linked with a single winger so far..Lets hope we bring some in. Bill Sharp would do nicely as well!

  • mrbigwheels

    If personal terms can be agreed…. Billy Sharp is coming to Leeds.
    He’s on a free but Byram isn’t… Looks like this young man is leaving.

  • matt86

    One decent striker…yes billy sharp would be nice or danny graham..chris wood??? Doukara has been brought in to play wide along with morison in the hocks new formation and I think playing wide suits doukara..we definitely need one more wide player as morison is dross..agard..gradel…ibarbo perhaps??

  • be

    IM beginning to scratch my eyes in disbelief,MC is doing a u turn and billy sharp on the way.Thats enough players for now in my opinion.can look to add in January.
    But just as important he promised to buy er back,if he does that well…..

    • Ev

      NO WAY
      we are still miles off, 2v1 win over Accy says it all…………still need 2 more attacking players and possibly a left full back

      • be

        Your right but already signed around 10 players,only pure quality (must have players)should be signed now.

  • Tim

    This is great news if Sharp comes as well. There is still talk of Adryan whom Cellino covets and agree we need a wide man. If we get all of that I will be happy. It still all needs to gel so don’t expect an early firework display.