Friday, 28 January 2011

Leeds United won't rush transfer deals - Bates

We're not panicking – that's the message from chairman Ken Bates, who insists Leeds United are adopting a calm approach ahead of the closure of the transfer window.
Bates is refusing to rule out fresh faces before the deadline of 11pm on Monday – with the chance of a beat-the-deadline plunge remaining a possibility – but the last thing United will be doing is hitting the panic button, especially with the emergency loan market opening a week tomorrow
United have largely kept their powder dry in terms of incoming arrivals so far this month, with activity restricted to extending left-back George McCartney's loan spell at the club for the rest of the season.
So far, the major activity has been outward bound with Andrew Hughes joining Scunthorpe United on a permanent deal at the end of last week and yesterday Aidy White rejoined Oldham Athletic on loan for the reminder of the campaign after his initial loan spell was curtailed earlier this month through an injury.
But new signings have been pretty conspicuous by their absence, although Bates admits that the 10-day break between matches – resulting from United's exit from the FA Cup – has given club bosses welcome extra time to potentially firm up any transfer plans and hold talks.

Bates said: "Talking to all the people at the club, I don't think there is any panic anywhere.

"We have been reviewing our options, watching alternative players play to see how we can improve and if we can improve our team. I don't want to be taking people just for the sake of taking them on.

"The other advantage of this break this weekend is that after the Portsmouth game, we've now had a good six or seven days to review, whether by video or by reports or discussions, the options open to us and what we do and don't want to do.

"So I think there is a possibility that the club will be signing one or more players before the end of the month.

"There's no panic. After all, on February 5 you can start signing people on 93-day loans, so this transfer window is a bit over-exaggerated anyway.

"But no, there's no panic. Calls from agents… well they're probably calling everybody at the same time.

"We've got 18 games to go, Simon (Grayson) knows what he wants and I hope to have discussions with him on what the consensus of opinions is with him and Gwyn Williams and the backroom staff."

Meanwhile, Hibernian boss Colin Calderwood has dismissed talk of a possible move for United forgotten man Jason Crowe, who played under him at Northampton Town.

United will entertain Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup after the Midlanders beat Peterborough United 3-1.

Former United midfielder Andy Robinson has re-joined old club Tranmere Rovers for a third time.

Scouser Robinson, 31, who became a free agent after leaving United in December, started his professional career at the Wirral club and spent a loan spell there towards the end of last season.

He has signed a deal with Rovers for the rest of this season.

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