Elland Road newbie Clayton

With just over one hour remaining before the close of the transfer window, Manchester City confirmed that Adam Clayton has joined Leeds United on a permanent basis.

This particular signing won’t come as any major shock to Leeds United fans as a permanent deal has been expected all day, with Sky Sports reporting that a fee had been agreed this morning. Simon Grayson later confirmed the reports on Yorkshire Radio where he told listeners that talks were ongoing.

Clayton is a bit of an unknown entity with his only professional experience gained on loan to Carlisle United (as well as the two games he’s featured in for Leeds United so far).

Clayton grew up in Manchester and signed professionally for his hometown club two years ago. The closest the youngster came to a first team appearance however was being selected twice for the subs bench, as Manchester City’s owners choose to splash the cash rather than develop their youngsters.

Naturally the fee is undisclosed, and we’ve yet to learn anything about the contract he’s signed, but I’ll update as this information becomes available.

43 Responses

  1. Grumpy Old Man

    I’m kinds ok with today’s signings, we needed cover for Kilkenny and Howson, Clayton is the defensive midfield version of that cover, Nunez the more attacking version.

    • TSS

      Agreed. I’m quite happy with the transfer window as a whole, aside from a fragile looking defence. Maybe they just need time to gel though?

      The current squad – on paper at least – looks as though it could easily make the play-offs. Definitely room for optimism. Well done Larry.

  2. Ron

    I’d like one more defensive signing pre-close or on loan in the coming days. I’m happy with our team on paper and think we have plenty of goals in us. McCormack will be the difference for mine with good service from our dangerous wingers. I f*cking hate International breaks and can’t wait for the next match. MOT

    • Tim the White

      If I am not mistaken the loan window will open in a week. There has been talk of Lansbury from Arsenal and Caulker from Spurs. We must have the strongest squad in the Championship now.
      These international layoffs are horrible, but it’s the price you pay in the top two tiers. Three years down with the dead men over with, I keep pinching myself and watching the Geoff Stelling show on Saturday (muted) and listening to YR it was wonderful to take no interest in League 1 scores!.
      I really think we are going up again – well done KB for splashing some sensible cash. If we are on the way to promotion again come January we will offload some of the squad and bring in some more quality for the PREMIERSHIP. Roll on the 11th.

  3. les irwin

    the thing is its not about who comes in for us we are alright (inverted commas) for the whole squad really although i like clayton, however no one has left of the ones we wanted to keep becchio etc thats important but also of the ones grayson wanted to leave only lubo has gone on loan ????????? sheehan ,robbo are still there

  4. les irwin

    none of the aresenal ,spurs youngsters we were linked with ,although EMERGENCY LOAN OPENS NEXT WEEK (what a joke)

  5. Dje

    Grayson on Clayton: “”He is a young developing player and we haven’t got too many players in the 19, 20 and 21 age group who we think we can work with and make them better.”

    Jesus, I think you are supposed to develop them beofre they are 18. The Academy boys might as well pack up their bags now!

    I’m sure Bates can turn Thorp Arch into a nice little earner as a retirement home; maybe get himself an en-suite room there too.

  6. Dje

    Noticed the press release on the LUFC site (at 6.10pm) didn;t mention about Grayson completing his transfer activity. More to come, more to go?

  7. Craig

    @number1inyorkshire @djedjedje

    Maybe both the Spurs defender and Lansbury are still hoping to get into their respective squads when they’re announced tomorrow. At least they’ve not been snapped up by anyone else today.

  8. Arthur Graham

    can we clarify ? whats the rules / window tomorrow for loans from arsenal or spurs then ?? i’m unclear
    is there still opportunity to bring caulker or lansbury in from tommorrow on loan ?

    • les irwin

      emergency loans window opens next week i believe maximum of 3x 90 days loans per player or restof season so not tomorow next week

  9. Arthur Graham

    I know the Van Persie was reported out injured yesterday for ‘ sevral weeks’ and that may mean the talks for Henri Lansbury deal held up for a several weeks – would make sense – but not a dead deal Id hope just yet

  10. Craig

    I recall reading somewhere that Lansbury had several offers, including Newcastle, but wasn’t sold on the idea of moving at all.

  11. Arthur Graham

    yes – offers accepted from us and Swans but wenger has named him in squad – but said he can go out for games – think he will stay a while to cover for Van Pers injury but come to us in the end – lets see

    I think we will get Caulker first – we need his speed in the centre

  12. Craig

    I thought I read Grayson as saying that he’d probably be signing Calum Davenport before too long. Does anyone know whether an unattached player can be signed outside the window?

  13. Arthur Graham

    right well if he was off on international duty then that explains why no action today regarding his future – injured or not – next week then maybe some news or Xmas

  14. Arthur Graham

    yes maybe davenport is being tetsed before any move for caulker – prefer caulker myself any day of the week – its all down to economics though i suppose – so grayson being cautious and doing it his way – if CD gets fit and is a clever player then good business

    • Craig

      I’d go for Davenport myself – assuming he can regain his fitness. Caulker played well for Yeovil last season but Davenport has Premier League experience.

  15. Arthur Graham

    that west ham team let a lot of goals in though didnt they – was it when Zola came in he got knifed ?

  16. les irwin

    aside from kasper we have not set the world alight since august lets be honest did we all expect more ,well i can’t speak for you lot but i did. now thats not to say im not happy but there is no experienced premier league class in there .and for the big club we are???? should we of expected some ?? i think so for me

  17. Arthur Graham

    RE; Lansbury this is recent ….Swans manger says the same – he sounds like hes in touch – but so will we we just dont talk to the press about it

    Gunners put Swansea’s Lansbury deal on hold

    SWANSEA CITY’S move for England Under-21 starlet Henri Lansbury has been put on hold by Arsenal’s injury woes.

    Boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to add loan signing Lansbury with the young midfielder impressing during a similar spell at Watford last season.

    But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – who must name a 25-man Premier League squad next week – is understood to be considering his options after Emmanuel Frimpong was ruled out for six to nine months after damaging cruciate knee ligaments in training.

    “It’s still pending. Arsenal have had injuries and had to take a step back,” said Rodgers on the day Lansbury was named in the England Under-21 squad to face Portugal and Lithuania in the European Under-21 Championship.
    “Frimpong got injured and Henri plays in that position.
    “So we must await and see what Arsenal are saying. The important thing is that I’m looking to build a strong squad here, not just 11 players.

    • les irwin

      arsenal have to name a a squad tomorrow by 5pm it doesn’t include any one who is 21 or younger in affect arsenal can name a 25 man squad plus ballotelli for instance so all arsenals youngsters can be in squad same with the spurs lad caulker plus 25 others 8 of which have to be home grown because he has been here long enough fabregas counts asa home grown

    • Craig

      @Arthur Graham

      You’re right, he sure looks confident. The question is why Lansbury would join them over us. I can’t see it unless we aren’t actually interested in him any longer.

  18. Hugh Fox

    Is it just me or is what weve seen of clayton so far not very promising! hes looked crap

  19. Dje


    Presumably Grayson has seen more potential from him in training. I doubt much if any money changed hands – possibly just a significant sell on clause for pride’s sake. At 21 he was never going to suddenly force his way into the Man City midfield.

    I imagine he’ll be a bit part player this season with a handful of bench appearances if we get injuries coming in.

    Overall, probably a bit of good, sensible transfer business. Nothing exciting though.

    • timm

      He looked a great player for Carlisle last season, better than any of our midfielders. He can’t be judged on what he’s done so far this season.

      • Arthur Graham

        I agree give the lad from City our full backing – and get behind him not undermine him even before hes played 90 minutes let alone a run of game in a new set up – jesus some of these fans Im reading online ( not so much on TSS ) are harsh ! … i take it they are young kids with no undertsnading and have no idea .. the expectation on new players is ridiculous – give the players a break and TIME
        and MOT

  20. Tim Campbell

    With premier squads to have their 25 men registered for 5pm tomorrow, expect much more activity on the loan front – though realistically speaking how many more players can we accomodate?

  21. richard

    Im happy with the ins and outs, yeah i suppose we could`ve done with another midfielder but weve signed more than most. I think weve got a pretty good looking squad, i just hope they all gel and bag us loads of points.

  22. kev cressey

    I think SG has done a good job with the signings,Nunez looks an exciting player,can’t believe no one has come in for Robinson he must be on one hell of a contract at Leeds, but I also can’t see Bromby or Crowe getting alot of games this season !

    • timm

      10k a week! If he leaves, it’ll only be if we make up the shortfall in his wages. He won’t get offered 30% of that anywhere else.

  23. Matt BB

    @kev cressey I tend to agree, Bromby and Crowe are totally in the bracket of `forgotten men’ just when will they get a game, we’re out of the carling cup, we have to take the FA Cup seriously, so when do fringe players get a run out? I was surprised we didnt see Crowe go in the summer, but obviously Larry sees something there.

    I think the only thing I can come up with is that Larry is trying, unlike last season, to have a squad, nemaly expert c over in all areas.

    @timm Yes Robbo is on a great wage for someone we dont play, but remember he was signed to get us out of league one by mcallister, but i still think rthose wages are too high and most teams in league one wont pay them, and most other teams in the championship wouldnt. He’ll play out his contract but we need to be effectively giving him away on loan to get his match fitness in place should we require him.

  24. joey

    I am more than happy with the signings we’ve made, they have all shown good quality except Bessone, I don’t know what it is with him, he may just need to gel more but I saw him for Swansea last season n he looked a completley different player to what I have seen for Super Leeds.
    “Going up, going up, Leeds are going up”


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