The major development this weekend looks set to be the Rodolph Austin transfer swoop. According to this morning’s news from ba.no, SK Brann have confirmed a bid has been received from Leeds for ‘midfield general’ Rodolph Austin. ba.no believe that the offer is around £250,000 and that Brann have asked for a bit more. Brann are keen to agree a deal, though, with the former Tippeligaen player of the year running out of contract this December.

Austin’s agent has told Norwegian news sources that the agreement is likely to go through, while Brann Chief Executive of Football Rolf Magne Walstad has explained:

Rodolphe Austin is a good footballer, but at the right price every player is for sale.

If Leeds are pushed for funds they may be able to negotiate a discount in exchange for granting Austin two final weeks in Norway since Brann will not be able to replace him until the transfer window opens on August 1st. Austin already has match fitness with Brann 14 matches into the season, but Leeds will probably want Austin as soon as realistically possible to blend with a rapidly changing team in time for the new season in late August.

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Bolton are stepping up their efforts to land Andrew Lonergan as competition for Adam Bogdan. Bolton have offered around £200,000 and hope to do the deal before their pre-season tour to Scotland gets under way this Tuesday. However Wanderers will not be able to snap Lonergan up without offering a fair deal, with the keeper on a fairly long contract and the subs bench extending to 7 players this season. Ipswich Town are reported to be interested in gazumping any deal.

Meanwhile the Daily Star claim that Leeds’ top scorer Ross McCormack is attracting interest from both Blackburn and Wolves, with a valuation of around £2.5m. The striker has attracted plenty of attention this summer with other links including Wigan, West Ham, Huddersfield and Brighton.

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