The amount of compensation Manchester City will have to pay for George Swan and Louis Hutton will be decided next month. Although Leeds accept Man City broke no rules in signing the two youngsters, they believe the original offer of £70,000 was unacceptable. Quite right too given that Man City are ridiculously rich and Leeds have invested a lot more than £70k in the development of these two players.

Meanwhile, the future of the facility where all these youngsters are being trained – Thorp Arch – will be decided shortly. A meeting of council executives scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (17/09/09) will brief Leeds United executives on their decision. One of two possible outcomes will be given at this meeting. The first one is for the council to buy the premises and lease it back to Leeds United for a reasonable fee. The other option would be for the council to decide this matter is none of their business and refuse to help Leeds United at all. I’m quietly optimistic that the council will offer to help Leeds United, if only to help themselves. Facilities like Thorp Arch are integral to their 2018 World Cup host city bid and they’ll not want to see it lost for good.

Leeds’ captain Richard Naylor is set to return to action at the Riverside tonight for the reserves. Shouldn’t be too long now ’til he’s back to full fitness but whether he can split up the Marques and Kisnorbo partnership that’s done so well so far remains to be seen. Grayson’s given himself a lot of options in defence meaning no ones place is guaranteed.

In other news, Jason Crowe has made the League One team of the week. Tom Elliot has joined Bury on a three month loan and Leeds are rumoured to be competing for the signature of  Michael Misfud. We’re reportedly facing competition from super-rich Notts County, Championship side Sheffield United and fellow League One rivals Charlton for his signature.