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Manager of English club says he had talks with Leeds over move for defender

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Manager of English club says he had talks with Leeds over move for defender

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has told the Derby Telegraph that his club held talks with a move for Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy, but opted to go in a different direction.

Leeds Live claimed earlier this week that League One sides Burton and Bolton Wanderers are both interested in landing the Ireland Under-21 international this summer, in what is likely to be a loan move.

Burton have already signed a player from Leeds, bringing in striker Oliver Sarkic after the forward was released without making a single appearance for the Yorkshire outfit. They were linked with making a second in Shaughnessy.

 

But Clough has told media that although talks were held with Leeds over a move for the ex-Hearts loanee, they have chosen not to sign Shaughnessy who is completely out of favour at Elland Road.

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“We have had chats about Conor,” Clough said. “A few weeks ago with Leeds, we nearly did something but we just needed something different.

“We knew we were taking maybe Ryan Edwards and we needed a midfielder more than a defender. We don’t envisage adding anybody at the moment, we are happy with the squad that we’ve got if they can all get fit.”

TBR’s view – Shaughnessy simply needs to leave Leeds

Shaughnessy has fallen completely out of favour at Elland Road after managing just one outing for Leeds last term, before shunted out on loan to Scottish Premiership side Hearts.

North of the border, Shaughnessy did little to make an impact and he has returned to Elland Road. Even with the loss of Pontus Jansson and a lack of cover at the back, Bielsa does not want him. He needs to leave.

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