Ramon Nunez

Ramon Nunez in action for Honduras (white) at the 2010 World Cup

Following the exit in the Carling Cup last night, Leeds United will be looking to complete ongoing transfers and prepare ahead of Saturday’s game against Watford.

Many fans commented yesterday that it seemed odd for the club to release a statement confirming they were in talks with Cardiff City striker Ross McCormack. It has now been revealed that it was a joint decision between the two clubs after McCormack’s agent had talked to Sky about the deal. It’s not surprising that it has annoyed both Simon Grayson and chairman Ken Bates. Rumours have now arisen that another Cardiff player, Gavin Rae, could be heading to Leeds. Neither Grayson nor Bates has commented on this though the chairman did confirm that the club are interested in acquiring a new midfielder. This seems a strange move by Ken Bates who doesn’t normally talk about transfer targets and is famously thrifty.

Before fans get too excited about any possible signings, Mr Bates could be talking of Honduran trialist Ramon Nunez who has been with the club for a while now for Simon Grayson to assess. There is somewhat of a strange feeling surrounding this potential signing. It’s not often that trialists’ names are disclosed or talked about so freely. The normal case is that they play a couple of reserve games before being sent packing or signed and it’s only then that a statement is released. Many Leeds fans will have heard the name of the 24 year old Honduran international by now. Nunez, who can play in midfield or in attack, has been described as “doing okay” by Simon Grayson. Though nothing is guaranteed, it may be a safe bet that if he wasn’t going to sign we would have heard the last of him by now. A decision is set to be on Nunez by the end of this week.

Nunez, who has plied his trade in USA, Mexico and his homeland, has represented Honduras 21 times, scoring three goals. He made three appearances at the 2010 World Cup, starting two and coming off the bench for one. At 5’7” he’s not the tough tackling midfield rock some fans have been calling for but, should we sign him, he is young and experienced for his age and importantly for the club, free.