8.45am Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Cuisance in blast over failed medical, Phillips impressed for England again – The Sun

8.45am Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Cuisance in blast over failed medical, Phillips impressed for England again – The Sun

10/09/2020

LEEDS announced the signing of Raphinha for £21million on Deadline Day – and they may yet have more deals in the pipeline with EFL clubs.

Meanwhile Whites target Todd Cantwell has been left out of Norwich's last two matches with boss Daniel Farke admitting the midfielder is "not fully focused" on the Canaries in a boost to the Yorkshire side.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • Kiro Evans

    AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU

    Leeds are weighing up a move for Hamburg centre-back Stephan Ambrosius in January, reports say.

    The Yorkshire club are believed to have been eyeing the defender on deadline day but the German side fended off interest.

    When the window reopens, Marcelo Bielsa's side could be keen on reinforcements at the back.

    Ambrosius' contract runs out next summer, meaning Leeds' could sign him up on a pre-contract from January 1 2021.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    The Whites are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

    Elsewhere, Leeds are still hoping to bring in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    The Whites have made a sensational start to life back in the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa seemingly still wants more additions.

    The Express reports that Cantwell is very much in the Argentine's thoughts.

    And finally, Simon Jordan has hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s ability to inspire the Leeds squad.

    He told talkSPORT: “As an owner you sit back and think ‘that’s my guy’ – and Bielsa is doing the job. They’ve got a coach people say and think is one of the best thinkers in the world – I’m not surprised they are on the front foot.

    “Bielsa is, from what I can see, an incredible coach and he gets the players attention – which is what I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not do.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FIGHT TO SURVIVE

    Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson told LUFC: “If Leeds keep playing how they are doing in the final third of the field, they will have no problems this season.

    “I’ve been really impressed with how Leeds have started, especially Patrick Bamford as well, a lot was said about him not taking chances, but he’s been brilliant, he’s really taken on the mantle, the manager has given him a vote of confidence and his performance as well as his goals have been fantastic this season.

    “There are not many teams who will go to Anfield and dominate possession and have more tackles, Leeds did to Liverpool what Liverpool do to other teams.

    “I think the biggest surprise this season will be for other teams when they see the way Leeds play, they don’t stop they are relentless.

    “Robin Koch has settled now and he has Liam Cooper next to him and they both seem to have a real understanding already.

    “Leeds don’t change the way they play for anybody, we’ve seen Leeds change to a back three or four at times, but the same ethos and philosophy is always there, work hard, press high and win the ball and when they do get the ball attack on the break quickly.

    “I think Leeds will more than survive with the way that they play, approach games and with the squad which is being built.

    “The recruitment has been outstanding, you have to give the owner a lot of credit for what he has done, realised the squad needed strengthening and it has been with a lot of quality players.

    “I can quite easily see Leeds finishing in mid-table, but I would take 17th place right now.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HEAD START

    Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has admitted he has been impressed by the club's Premier League start.

    He told LUFC: “It’s been nice to read and listen to other managers and other people in the media talking about Leeds, in the light they have done as well.

    “It was good to get the clean sheet at Sheffield United, because you can get carried away with the great performance at Anfield, but we still conceded four goals, so what really pleased me was the defensive performance at Bramall Lane.

    “I think if the Fulham match was at home was a 4-1 result and it was a convincing win, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but obviously shipping goals may be a problem and with the way that we play, open and going forwards there are going to be times this season where we might concede a few goals.

    “But, if Leeds keep playing how they are doing in the final third of the field, they will have no problems this season.

    “I’ve been really impressed with how Leeds have started, especially Patrick Bamford as well, a lot was said about him not taking chances, but he’s been brilliant, he’s really taken on the mantle, the manager has given him a vote of confidence and his performance as well as his goals have been fantastic this season.”

  • Joe Brophy

    COURT IN THE BUFF

    Belgium are in crisis after Thibaut Courtois became the THIRD goalkeeper ruled out for Sunday's game against England.

    Roberto Martinez's side travel to Wembley for the Nations League clash with the Real Madrid star initially set to start.

    But, ahead of Thursday's friendly against Ivory Coast, it was confirmed that Courtois had left the camp.

    And the hip injury will keep the 28-year-old out of action as the Group B favourites go head to head on Sunday.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEEDING FROM THE FRONT

    Simon Jordan has hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s ability to inspire the Leeds squad.

    He told talkSPORT: “As an owner you sit back and think ‘that’s my guy’ – and Bielsa is doing the job. They’ve got a coach people say and think is one of the best thinkers in the world – I’m not surprised they are on the front foot.

    “Bielsa is, from what I can see, an incredible coach and he gets the players attention – which is what I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not do.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PHIL YOUR BOOTS

    Leeds star Kalvin Phillips has been named in the starting line-up for England's friendly against Wales.

  • Joe Brophy

    CUISANCE NO NUISANCE

    Michael Cuisance has firmly denied a failed medical put the kibosh on his switch to Leeds from Bayern Munich.

    And the midfielder’s claims have reportedly been backed by Marseille officials who say the player they signed on loan three days after his move to Elland Road collapsed is ‘100%’ fit.

    The Frenchman told Goal: “'There was no problem with the medical, the one with Marseille went very well, I am in form and ready to play.

    “At Leeds, there was no problem from my side.'’

  • Joe Brophy

    COR BLIMEY

    England U19s' friendly clash against Scotland has been abandoned at HALF-TIME following a positive Covid-19 test during the match.

    The Young Lions went into the break at St George's Park leading 3-1, only to be told that the fixture has been called off.

    Players were told that a member of the backroom staff had received a positive test, leading the referee to call a halt to the proceedings.

    Commenting on the matter, an FA spokesperson said: “England U19's match with Scotland at St. George's Park this afternoon was abandoned in the first half as a precaution in line with COVID protocol.

    “We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WALK ON

    Kyle Walker admitted some of his England team-mates have made mistakes during the coronavirus pandemic – but insists they all know their responsibilities.

    The 30-year-old – who himself breached coronavirus rules FOUR times during lockdown – says Gareth Southgate has spoken to the Three Lions about their duties.

    Speaking to The ITV Football Football Show podcast ahead of the friendly clash against Wales, Walker said: “He [Gareth Southgate] has reminded us.

    “We had a meeting and he talked about our roles and responsibilities – not just on the field but off the field.

    “Obviously we're in a difficult period for everyone, but representing England we have to take that on our shoulders and take the burden of that.

    “We should know what's right and what's wrong. But I feel that also people do make mistakes.

    “Off the field does play a big role in it, but we need our best players to play for England.

    “Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell – they're all fantastic, top quality players that are playing for big teams.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GATE OPEN

    Gareth Southgate is set to welcome Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho back into England training on Friday.

    The trio broke coronavirus guidelines by attending Chelsea striker Abraham's surprise birthday party at the weekend, creating the England boss' latest pandemic headache.

    After Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were dropped from this month's squad for their coronavirus gaffe in Iceland, Southgate chose to delay the arrival of Sancho, Chilwell and Abraham by a few days.

    Ruled out of tonight's friendly against Wales, all three are now due back on Friday to link up with Leeds star Kalvin Phillips, according to Sky Sports.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Leeds are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOTT TO MOVE

    Swindon look like the favourites to sign Leeds youngster Robbie Gotts on loan.

    Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, coach Tommy Wright said: “I’ve watched Robbie quite a lot for Leeds – I know Leeds well having been there as a player.

    “He’s a good young player. You can see me smiling as I say that. I’m not saying it’s definite, but there is a bit of interest there from our point of view. But I think there is quite a bit of interest from plenty of other clubs too in Robbie.”

  • John Hutchinson

    BAM FOR YOUR BUCK

    Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has made a stunning start to the season.

    This fan account checks out the big man's stats, and it makes for happy reading.

    He is keeping £30m record signing Rodrigo out the team.

  • John Hutchinson

    CANT BE RULED OUT

    Leeds are still hoping to bring in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    The Whites have made a sensational start to life back in the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa seemingly still wants more additions.

    The Express reports that Cantwell is very much in the Argentine's thoughts.

  • John Hutchinson

    BAZZA OFF?

    Blackburn and Watford are leading the chase for out-of-favour Leeds full-back Barry Douglas.

    The 31-year-old hasn't even made the matchday squad yet this season as the Whites have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League.

    And with EFL clubs still permitted to do business with the top-flight, the Scot could be playing Championship footballs soon.

  • John Hutchinson

    WHAT'S THE STORY?

    Mystery continues to surround Michael Cuisance's failed move to Leeds from Bayern Munich.

    It was reported by Sky Sports that the Frenchman had failed a medical.

    But he since joined Marseillle, and has refuted the earlier claims.

    He said: “There was no problem with the medical, the one with Marseille went very well. I am in form and ready to play.

    “At Leeds, there was no problem from my side.”

  • John Hutchinson

    EXCITED MUCH?

    Leeds fans are drooling over two of their summer signings.

    Diego Llorente and Rodrigo, as reported earlier, both played for Spain in their 0-0 draw against Portugal.

    Here is just a taster of how Whites fans viewed it… optimistic for sure!

  • John Hutchinson

    STU BEAUTY

    Leeds star Stuart Dallas is looking forward to feature in Northen Ireland's Euro qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina tonight.

    The versatile player has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League and will be hoping to transfer this onto the international stage.

  • John Hutchinson

    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Leeds pair Diego Llorente and Rodrigo both featured for Spain in their 0-0 draw with Portugal last night.

    The duo have not yet made their mark for the Whites, but Marcelo Bielsa looks like the man to get them up to speed.

  • John Hutchinson

    KOCH ROCKS

    New Leeds signing Robin Koch played the full 90 for Germany in a 3-3 draw with Turkey last night.

    He looked to be heading for victory until Kenan Karaman netted a 94th minute equaliser for the Turks.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS UNITED FANS

    The club are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

    Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are preparing to increase their minority stake in Leeds United.

    Bosses at the NFL outfit are desperate to take on a bigger role at the Premier League new boys.

    They want to bring the glory days back to Elland Road and will begin by adding to their ten per cent holding.

    Speaking to NBC Sports, 49ers president Paraag Marathe said: “We want to get more involved.

    “Right now we are passengers on their plane. We are not flying the plane by any means.

    “We want to help more. We want to drive more value on and off the pitch and use the 49ers expertise.

    “We want to become bigger partners with Andrea (Radrizzani, Leeds owner). We are hoping that comes to fruition. To some extent we want to help him fly the plane a little bit more.”

    And finally, Leeds have been dealt a blow in the race for Norwich City star Todd Cantwell.

    Football Insider claim the Championship club are confident of holding onto their prized asset during the last week of the domestic window.

    Leeds saw a £15million bid for the attacking midfielder rejected last month and made a fresh move for Cantwell, 22, ahead of Monday’s main transfer cut-off.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEEDS ON TOUR

    Robin Koch also played the full 90 minutes of Germany’s 3-3 draw with Turkey tonight.

  • Joe Brophy

    NO WALK OVER

    Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has compared playing against Leeds United as 'a game of basketball'.

    “Leeds, I promise you, Andros (Townsend), it's the weirdest game,” He told ITV Football.

    “It's like basketball, seriously, I couldn't believe it. Say Raheem (Sterling) was playing on the left and he goes over to the right, their right-back is going over with him!

    “It's incredible. I think they've got a system that works and to achieve what they've achieved in the Championship and then doing it in the Premier League as well.

    “Cardiff and Atalanta in the Champions League are the same. Even when I was at Tottenham with Pochettino, our game was based on 'we will outrun the other team'.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NEW RULES

    Jadon Sancho is an A-grade player.

    And the fact that he remains a painful knife in Manchester City’s back is why the club believes the answer is B-Teams.

    But his departure, along with that of Welsh midfielder Ravi Matondo to Schalke, and the losses of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens to Dortmund and Dutchman Noah Ohio to Leipzig, has become more than an irritation to the City hierarchy.

    Chief executive Ferran Soriano did not try to hide the running sore as he outlined the solution.

    Speaking at LeadersWeek.direct, he said: “Developing young players in England is a problem. B Teams are not allowed and we have a development gap of boys who are 17 and 18.

    “They cannot find the right place to develop and are taken by taken by the German teams – who try to sell them back to us at 10 times the price they paid.This is bad,something we needed to solve.

    “Maybe the Covid crisis will give us the opportunity and will nudge us to get together and solve this problem.”

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