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LUFC Bates looking to strengthen in January

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says the club are already busy looking at how they can improve the squad in January when the transfer window reopens.

Leeds are the current form side in the division and have climbed to fourth in the table since the return to full fitness of a number of first team players.

They currently have just long term injured Patrick Kisnorbo, Richard Naylor and Andy O`Brien on the sidelines with O`Brien touch and go for the weekend clash against QPR.

There are currently a dozen new faces at the club since the end of last season and Bates is hoping to strengthen even further to see Leeds pushing for promotion in the second half of the season.

Speaking in the YEP, Bates said, 'Expectations have risen and we'll have periods in the New Year when things aren't going quite as we'd like them to but we look good. We're strong in numbers and we are non-stop, always looking at how we can improve our squad. I won't go into specifics but I can assure you of that.

'We're fourth and we want to stay no less than top six. We'd like to be in the top two.'

January could prove to be a busy month with a number of players out of contract in the summer, including midfielder Bradley Johnson who as been placed on the transfer list after refusing a new deal.

Leading goalscorer Luciano Becchio is also out of contract at the end of the season and Leeds will be hoping to secure his services and any advances from other clubs for his signature during the window.

Amdy Faye comes to the end of his short-term deal at the club and Lubomir Michalik and Mike Grella are currently enjoying loan spells at Carlisle and look to be off the radar at Elland Road.

Leeds also have a few players coming to the end of their loan spells at Elland Road.

George McCartney will come to the end of his three months on loan from Sunderland after the Portsmouth game and many will be hoping that Leeds can secure the services of defender Andy O`Brien after he`s impressed during his loan spell from Bolton Wanderers.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 16 2010

Time: 8:25PM

Your Comments

You always see successful sides strengthen when they are doing well and not panic buying when they are not. I think we could see quite a bit of activity both in and out during January and you can guarantee we are going to be linked with nearly every player on the planet!
dazza71
Evening Post reported we were looking in earnest, but didn't say how much money was available, knowing Uncle Scrooge they'll be free transfers or out of contract players. We need to off load as much as well
tINY t
I can see a big clear out coming - and I fear we will lose a coupe of 1st tem players aswell
simonfire1
Knowing SG he will be planning to worst case scenario and have people identified now. If we are going to lose players its better to lose them early in the window so we can replace them properly.
erni
Might be worse if we end up hanging onto the players that are leaving in the summer but they have all signed pre agreement contracts with new clubs for when their contracts run out. That would really unsettle everything at Elland Road.
dazza71
I dont think we'll see Grella at ER again seems to be happy at Carlisle and I think Faye wont be back either or Michalik...I wonder is Becchio staying if not I'm sure SG will try get a replacement...I hope we can get O'Brien SG wants to strengthen hopefully a couple of defenders...
iwa
So I look forward to a number of free transfers coming into the club.
King Billy
 

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