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Garry Monk would be unlikely to offer Leeds United a Eunan O’Kane fix this summer

The Irishman has not been in good form for Leeds United this season.

Mathew Nash

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This week saw Birmingham City employ Garry Monk as their new manager, with the task of keeping the club in the Championship for next season. He got off to a poor start last night, losing to his former club Middlesbrough 1-0.

Fans from one of his other former clubs however have been interested in Monk’s appointment. Birmingham’s new boss was of course manager at Leeds United last season. He nearly took them to the play-offs, only to lose out after a resurgent Fulham stormed up the Championship table.

Monk’s appointment at Birmingham has already got tongues wagging regarding some Leeds players joining him at St Andrew’s in the summer. The free agent this summer Pablo Hernandez, a fan favourite at Elland Road, already feared to be a target for Monk.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Garry Monk manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

But there are other Leeds players that fans at Elland Road would happily see head to Birmingham in the summer for a Monk reunion.

One such player is Eunan O’Kane. Signed by Monk in August 2016 the Republic of Ireland international came with promotion pedigree. O’Kane had helped Bournemouth to Premier League promotion in 2014-15. However, he has failed to win over Leeds fans. This season in particular the Irishman has struggled and many Leeds fans would not be sad if Monk targeted him in the summer.

Unfortunately, that looks unlikely.

Whilst Monk may have signed O’Kane he, like the Leeds fanbase, was never won over by the midfielder. O’Kane ended up losing his place at Leeds to youngsters Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira toward the end of the season. He spoke of his frustration at his enforced absence to the Irish Times last September, stating:

“It was hugely frustrating for me because I had been in that situation before in terms of teams trying to get promoted and I do think my experience could have benefited everyone…

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Michael Mancienne of Nottingham Forest closes down Eunan O’Kane of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January 25, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“It’s not my place to pick the team but if you do go back to last season and look at the record of when I was in the team, I don’t think I could have done an awful lot more than what I did do.

“But I wasn’t being selected. It’s like I say, though, I didn’t get to pick the team; all I could do was make myself available.”

Clearly Monk was not overly convinced on O’Kane and, Leeds fans would not blame him based on his recent form.

If Leeds fans want to see O’Kane moved on and replaced in the summer they might just get their wish. But any idea Birmingham could be a quick fix to the problem now Monk is there should be swiftly forgotten.

Brentford

One winner and one loser as Florian Jozefzoon chooses Derby over Leeds

The 27-year-old looks set to sign for the Rams.

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When Brentford confirmed on Wednesday that the club had accepted a bid for attacker Florian Jozefzoon, it seemed Derby County were the frontrunners.

However, reports of a Leeds United bid added to the transfer drama, before Jozefzoon eventually chose the Rams over Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The reported decision would come as a severe blow to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, as the club would miss out on yet another transfer target this summer.

However, Frank Lampard and Derby County will be delighted at another transfer coup, as the allure of the England legend is proving to be a great way of attracting players to Pride Park.

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Loser: Leeds fans

Although there are still a number of weeks left in the window, Leeds supporters are right to be worried about the lack of permanent signings.

So far, the club have made just two loan agreements with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman of Chelsea. While the two are certainly smart acquisitions, they are not of the quality that will fire Leeds to promotion.

There is still no need to panic, as Marcelo Bielsa will surely attract some top talent as well— but to see their direct Championship rivals beat them to Jozefzoon will be worrying.

Winner: Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend has done it again. After securing the double loan swoop of promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, Lampard looks set to acquire the services of the former Dutch Under-21 international.

In his first transfer window as a manager, Lampard has done well to convince key targets to join his project at Pride Park, a valuable skill that will serve him well in his coaching career.

Derby now look set to mount a serous promotion challenge; Leeds will have to strengthen further to be able to say the same.

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Aston Villa

Keeping Henri Lansbury could be blessing in disguise for Aston Villa

Aston Villa cannot find a buyer for the midfield maestro.

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa’s financial troubles this summer seem to have them ready to sell some of their high-earners and more valuable assets.

The Mirror report today that midfielders Mile Jedinak and Birkir Bjarnason could be out the door this summer, with Jack Grealish currently in talks with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the same report suggests Henri Lansbury will be sticking around.

However, it does not seem that Aston Villa want to keep him.

The report claims they will only be keeping the £2.7 million midfielder because nobody is willing to pay up to sign the player or take on his £40k-a-week wages.

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It is certainly no surprise to hear that Aston Villa want to offload Lansbury. He struggled to play a part in Steve Bruce’s plans after joining from Nottingham Forest.

Last season he played just 10 times for the club and has struggled since arriving at Villa Park.

But fans of Aston Villa must remember just how impressive a player Lansbury has been in the Championship.

In the 2015-16 season, there was a case to say that the then-Forest midfielder was the best in the division. In fact, many neutrals would have suggested that Lansbury was the Championship’s best midfielder just two years ago.

It could be that keeping Lansbury will be a blessing in disguise for Aston Villa. If he can find his Forest form, then he will be like a new signing for the club.

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Leeds United

Leeds United round-up: Heckingbottom on Bielsa backing, Jozefzoon miss and Diagne wages

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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Heckingbottom speaks  

Former boss Paul Heckingbottom has spoken publicly for the first time since departing Leeds United in June. He was let go at the start of June after failing to turnaround Leeds results significantly in a four-month spell.

He told talkSPORT that he suffered from a ‘change of direction’ from the club.

He was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa this summer and hopes the Argentine will get the backing he deserves at the club.


“He should be saying the same things I was saying and hopefully he gets the backing and the support to make changes and give the fans there what they’re crying out for.”


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Jozefzoon to Derby

Leeds United will not be signing Florian Jozefzoon this summer. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer. Yesterday, it was reported a deal had been agreed between his current club Brentford and an unnamed Championship side.

That team is not Leeds, but Derby County.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the winger is set to join the Rams for a fee in the region of £2.75 million, despite Leeds showing late interest.

Diagne wage trouble

Leeds have been linked with a move for Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne this week. However, a report today suggests a stumbling block.

Turkish Football suggest he will cost around £3.6 million but that Leeds will struggle to afford his wages as talks get advanced.

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