Date: 27th January 2013 at 9:59pm
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Vital Leeds United continue to keep you up to date with all the rumours doing the rounds of the coming and goings during the January transfer window.

With are now just days away until what looks like another frustrating transfer window closes. Leeds are still waiting for the so called ‘icing on the cake` signing that we have been promised by boss Neil Warnock since the window opened.

Warnock still believes two or three will be coming in and he can`t tell us enough, just how hard Shaun Harvey is working.

It seems like the media have almost given up on us as well, as less and less names are being linked with us as the weeks go by.

In the past seven days, Leeds have been linked with former favourite Max Gradel. Local paper, Yorkshire Evening Post were the first to break the news saying that the club had been in touch with the player who is now playing in the French top flight with St Etienne. The fact that he is away at the African cup of nations with Ivory Coast until after the window closes makes this look highly unlikely.

Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock has also been linked with a loan move to Elland Road. Warnock spent the first half of the season on loan at Bolton Wanderers and he doesn`t look part of Villa manager Paul Lambert`s plans.

Glasgow Celtic winger Paddy McCourt is being linked with a move to Leeds. The Northern Ireland international has fallen down the pecking order at Parkhead in recent months after being targeted by a number of English clubs in the summer, including Liverpool.

Luciano Becchio put in a transfer request on Thursday and the club have admitted they have received bids for him from abroad. Unnamed teams from China, Spain and Argentina are all reported to be interested. Premier League side Sunderland are the latest club in England to be linked with a move for him.

There was a number of doors closed this week of players who have already been linked with us. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) and Shaun Derry (Queens Park Rangers) signed new deals with their clubs.

Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill was made club captain and West Brom defender Craig Dawson joined Bolton Wanderers on loan.

All the rumours that I put up have been in the national press, local press or websites such as,, and amongst others and not from sites where people just put up their wish list and make out that they have inside knowledge through their best mate`s uncle`s brother.

December 21st – December 30th

Ian Harte – Reading (The Sun)
Craig Mackail-Smith – Brighton (The Sun & Daily Mail)
Rickie Lambert – Southampton (Daily Mail)
Alan Tate – Swansea (The Sun)
Jamille Matt – Kidderminster Harriers (Sky Sports)
Michael Tonge – Stoke City (various)
Lewis McGugan – Nottingham Forest (The Sun)
Dexter Blackstock – Nottingham Forest (Daily Mirror)

Luciano Becchio – Wigan Athletic £4 million (Daily Mirror), Bolton £3 million (Talksport)

December 31st – January 6th

Chris Wood – (West Brom)
Clint Hill – QPR (The Sun)
Shaun Derry – QPR (The Sun)

Sam Byram – Wigan, Fulham, Southampton & Norwich (Tribal Football)

January 7th – January 13th

Charles Dunne – Wycombe Wanders (Buckinghamshire Advertiser)
Femi Ilesanmi – Dagenham & Redbridge (Daily Star)
Nakhi Wells – Bradford City £1 million (Daily Mirror, Sky Sports News)
Leo Baptistao – Rayo Vallecano £5 million (The Sun)
Mouhamadou Habib Habibou – SV Zulte Waregem – Belgium (Sky Sports)

Tom Lees – Celtic, QPR, Wigan & Cardiff (Sky Sports), Aston Villa (Aston Villa News)
Luciano Becchio Norwich City (Sky Sports),

January 14th – January 20th

Kevin Doyle – Wolves (Sports Mole)
Arune Dindane – Free agent (Daily Mail)
Craig Dawson – West Brom (Sky Sports)
Steve Morison – Norwich City (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Luciano Becchio – Hull City (

January 21st – January 27th

Max Gradel – St Etienne (YEP)
Stephen Warnock – Aston Villa (The Guardian)
Francois Marque – SC Bastia – France (Bastia official website)
Paddy McCourt – Glasgow Celtic (Derry Journal)

Luciano Becchio – Sunderland (Daily Mirror)

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