Fifth signing imminent says Simon Grayson TSS August 8, 2011 Transfer News 54 Comments Just when you thought there was nothing to smile about, Leeds United are once again getting our hopes up with news that a new signing is imminent. As ever, Leeds United are being as vague as humanly possibly and revealing no clues whatsoever as to who the signing may be. That doesn’t stop the speculation of course – how else would we set ourselves up for a massive fall when Simon Grayson unveils some 35-year-old has-been or a Unibond player “with potential”. Amongst the growing list of players suggested are Sheffield United’s Nick Montgomery, Ryan Bertrand (loan from Chelsea), Adam Le Fondre of Rotherham United fame and as ever… Alan Smith. The chances are it will be none of the above, but you can rule out the trialists currently with the club as Simon Grayson (via @ThomKirwin) said a deal with another club has been agreed, which suggests we’re actually paying money for someone! Wonders never cease… Of course, it could be another loan too! @CommanderCody87 I'm almost certain this will come to nothing. Or a loan. tomwilko88 Not expecting anything more exciting than Alex Mendy. TSS Alex Mendy is unattached so there's no reason to agree a deal with another club. tomwilko88 Skim read. Neglected that line. Feel silly now… @CommanderCody87 I'm guessing Ryan Bertrand. I'd most want Julio (or Julian as TSS put it) Arca, I'd be happy with Montgomery. TSS Haha, close enough! Removed him anyway, just realised he's unattached so can't be him. @kieranneedham id be happy with a loan. if its a loan of a quality player. lichaj was a create loan last season . doyle a couple of years ago was another great loan. nothing wrong with a loan if the players improves the team. dskimcbski Hopefully Lichaj or Bertrand, although Snoddy and Maxi both tore him to shreds last season if memory serves me correctly. @GilFisher If terms are agreed with the other club, but it is down to negotiations with the player, does that not preclude a loan? My guess would be Monty. TSS Could do I suppose, although making sense of Simon Grayson interviews is like deciphering a newly discovered language. Do like the idea of Monty though. Always rated him, he was one of Sheffield United's best players the year they were in the Prem. TimCampbell43 Agree with you on that one old bean. Montgomery is just the right type we should be investing in i.e not 35yr old plus!!! He will offer some steel (no pun intended) in front of our defence Jmo Please tell me it is Paynter as part x to go somewhere… Andrew Gadsby we would be lucky to even part x Paynter for a 1970;s Ford Escort. Carl Pearson Cantona jay Fingers crossed its paynter part x with monty. Jonathan Maclean Monty or Lichaj on a permanent deal and i'll be quite happy with it. dalesteel lets face it, unless its lionel messi, its not going to improve that shower of shonk!!! ADIY69 Tevez and Mario Balotelli on loan. not much chance anything more than a £200,000 player is too much for us if we are just going to mess about we might as well get rid of old and rubbish players ,brown ,paynter Paul Connolly,Alex Bruce,Andy O'Brien,Leigh Bromby,Ross McCormack dont loan in any players blood youth of our own have everybody on long contracts but sell if price is right find and buy good young players from lower leagues and just become a feeder club i would be happy with this as at the moment we are losing player for nothing n.k j.b and b.j might not be that good but i would have liked some money for them and reinvested it in the team and loaning $^^*^* that just helps other clubs players and white and parker do not get a chance TSS McCormack was one of our best players Saturday, he never stopped moving. Shame the rest of the team didn't show a similar level of enthusiasm. He also can't feed off balls sent 20ft above his head. Smallest player on the pitch being served by hoofballs against 6ft defenders – I'm no football manager, but that's never going to work. O'Brien is clearly not match fit, but including him in that list is harsh. Bromby has never really done anything wrong, just doesn't get played. Connolly was one of our most solid players last season, Bruce has done little wrong either. Too soon to comment on Brown. Extremely harsh view on the players in my opinion. People need to focus their frustrations at Ken Bates, because this is the best you can get with no funds and very limited wages. @GilFisher Of course that's fruitless too, because Bates isn't going anywhere. TimCampbell43 Nunez was another who should have started on Saturday. The guys form has been outstanding from the tailend of last season until now. He just needs to be trusted to step up to the plate @GilFisher Don't we need a big body up front that diminuitive guys like Nunez can play off of? TimCampbell43 I hear Crouch is looking a move or maybe we should sign up Lee Chapman again, hes bound to be cheap lol Seriously however the 'other' striker we did'nt sign from Swindon Charle Taylor always impressed me dskimcbski Do you mean Charlie Austin. He's playing at Burnley now, and scored at the weekend. TSS Agree. Said the same thing when I was interviewed by TalkSPORT yesterday. lufcnutt the thing is our team is far to small..we where second to everything…back four are so slow…could be a long season people…hope im wrong… number1inyorkshire bromby for me has been alright every time ha he has played he should have played instead of o,brien ,now that is graysons fault .he should have known he wasn't fit and to have Bruce playing at farsley , players we have are not world beaters and we are lacking signings BUT Larry has picked the wrong personnel on many occasions too that is his fault Kev Geee104k I’ve been told it is … Sanchez Montlichaj A black, hard tackling, USA full back. Paddy1992 To be fair TSS I know bates is the problem and the players we have can’t be faulted on not been good enough. Also agree on McCormack Connolly and bromby to an extent but if SG wont play him then should sell him. As for Bruce last time he played he was MOM at Swansea only to be dropped and never return. He did well last season. However since OB got injured around the time he signed permanently he just doesn’t look the same. Worryingly this is what happened with naylor. One injury at a similar age and his legs were gone. I do agree with ADIY69 though that there needs to be a cull of the squad with the likes of bessone grella paynter Sam(controversial I know, but just don’t rate the lad) and the aforementioned o’brien and bromby leaving. It is my opinion that these players are taking squad places and stunting the development of our youth players. E.g. Lees replacing bromby. As I said some players don’t deserve to be on this list however if Grayson only gonna pick his favourites he should get rid of fringe players. Quality not quantity. OxfordLeeds Paynter part x with a Fiat Panda would improve the team (movement, moral & probably goal scoring too) Joe Tetley PROPAGANDA!! As Clingan rumour to try and slow down the fans seeing through him. Leedstheoffside Bloody good source at the club has told me Leeds will never sign Monty. I wanted him in, will do a job and if he signs I’ll be happy. But the source is a good one, and I’ll be surprised if he’s lying. mattbb1 as much as paynter is a non-scoring striker, he alone for me just gets too much stick, you know deep down if and when he goes to barnsley, scunthorpe or mk dons that he'll score 40 goals in 1 season.. lets lay off the guy, and criticism where its due – Mr Chairman. mattbb1 i'm going to go out on a limb here and predict… lichaj on loan. WAFLLL It will be mendie mojoluafc Im not getting my hopes up, probably the usual crap but lets see. Lichaj would be nice. birstallwhites how do you know grayson has said this?? hope its.monty TSS Came from Thom Kirwin. He's the one who interviews Larry for Radio Bates. Carl Barnes why would leeds want to sign monty when he turned leeds down last season i would just leave him where he is and laugh at him Cumbrianwhite i agree with mattbb1 we should lay off Paynter a wee bit , the lad was a decent player until he came to us and i think given a bit of time and confidence he may well come good ( hopefully) I know most of the fans are getting on his back, but try and be patient because i don't think even Messi would look good in that team at the moment . Get behind the lads like we always do and hopefully we can turn this around . I know that greedy old scrooge has give us F All to shout about in the way of new players but we need to back what we have , even if they are shi** and eventually he might sell the club. If that does happen then and onle then we may be able to move on , because under Batesy i don't think we will ever get out of the football League. MOT grumpytyke Iagree re Paynter last season was injured at bad times for a striker see Torres but the season before in the same division as us he scored more goals than any of our players and having seen all the pre season games feel he led the line very well,also think Lees should be given his chance and Clayton has taken his chance. Cumbrian White totally agree and i would really love to see him turn his Leeds Career around and start banging in some goals for us , As for Lees i thought he looked class the other night but it was only Bradford we were playing. I just hope that the season is not a total washout because the way we performed last Saturday was a disgrace. We will just have to keep backing the boys and hope Batesy eventually sells the club and someone decent takes over and invests some proper money. Our fans deserve better than what we have had to put up with over the last few years. MOT pabs1983 Monty would be quality, but i saw today that Hodgeson is looking to farm out Ismael Miller for a few months to get his fitness/confidence back. I would love to see him playing for us, but dont feel its where the problem lies at the moment. Monty or Clingan for me. mojoluafc Monty aint a striker, he`s just another Brown, doesnt sort our lame striking force out. TimCampbell43 Tomorrow night is a real chance for players such as nunez to showcase their talents. Another I would like to see given a chance tomorrow is Tom Lees. He did very well when out on loan last season and now deserves a chance of a few run outs with his hometown team WeRLeeds we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds, we are leeds weeee are leeds. John Evans Christ I can’t stand all the hype anymore when will it all end another false Dawn me thinks TSS Probably! Mark__R I think it's propaganda to buy time. A convincing victory against a hyped up Bradford – will be difficult – but not unreasonable. However our ineffective scouting network has not turned up any player worth his salt over summer, so I wouldn't hold my breath now. As the club player recruitment policy is about 'unearthing hidden gems' rather than investing in proven talent then it will take some extraordinary motivational and tactical management from SG, and some real coaching expertise from his staff to turn the current squad into a team that has real potential for promotion and encourages hope and belief in the fans. He has his work cut out. Hand on heart I hope SG turns it around from tonight and onwards into the league matches. We'll see. MOT Colin Errrr, where's the new player??? Martin Finally we sing two new players: Adam and Andy Trialist, brothers, not twins (because we have twins alredy…) ADIY69 we have a new player tom lees please grayson drop aob and play this lad all season he is only going to get better @TheFatRob Thom Kirwin on twitter not long ago-'SG told @Yorkshireradio tonight he was close to a signing yesterday but players club changed their minds' will atha I hope its a new centre back, get rid of that shit head andy o'brien and BUY somebody decent like wes morgan or miguel vitor, somebody who can tackle and not score own goals. perhaps need a new right back who is not a freebie or on loan (and under the age of 35). SPEND SOME MONEY BATES YOU STINGY TW*T! also grayson, players under 27 would be nice!