Date:Friday December 23 2005
As we reported earlier in the week, Aston Villa manager David O'Leary says he wants to keep midfielder Eirik Bakke on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Norwegian international initially joined the midlands club until the January transfer window when his position would come under review.
But O'Leary, who managed Bakke at Elland Road, is keen for the player to remain at Villa for the entire campaign.
The Villa chief believes Bakke is now starting to show his best form after regaining fitness following injury problems over the past two seasons.
O'Leary said: 'We badly need Eirik until the end of the season. Look at our numbers.
'It would be a major blow if we don't have him for the second half of the season. We have to sort it out with Leeds but I can't see that being a problem.
'He is coming on all the time. What he has needed, like Jonathon Woodgate at Real Madrid, is a sustained run of games after a long time out injured.
'Hopefully he will get that. He is getting stronger and will prove a real solid player for us here.'
Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or to join in the debates on the forum.
Go on, get vitalled!
LUFC Will Leeds enjoy south coast success? (Monday September 15 2014)
LUFC Cellino wants international coach (Monday September 15 2014)
LUFC Bournemouth v Leeds United Team News (Monday September 15 2014)
New signing on target after receiving clearance (Monday September 15 2014)
LUFC On This Day - September 15th (Monday September 15 2014)
LUFC Leeds Fan View v Birmingham City (Sunday September 14 2014)
LUFC Who was your Leeds United Man of the Match? (Sunday September 14 2014)
LUFC Redfearn - Kids are the future of this club (Sunday September 14 2014)
LUFC Redfearn - We deserved at least a point (Sunday September 14 2014)
Mowatt earns Leeds a point (Sunday September 14 2014)
|19. Leeds Utd||6||2||1||3||-5||7|
|Andy Delort - Vital Latics Man Of The Match
» Wigan : 16/09/2014 00:03:00
|Team news: Reading vs Millwall
» Reading : 15/09/2014 21:29:00
|LUFC Will Leeds enjoy south coast success?
» Leeds Utd : 15/09/2014 20:51:00
|LUFC Cellino wants international coach
» Leeds Utd : 15/09/2014 20:32:00
|LUFC Bournemouth v Leeds United Team News
» Leeds Utd : 15/09/2014 20:15:00