Leeds Utd news – Johnson Leeds link, Nunez signs new deal, Carlisle hopes dashed

Nunez signs new deal.

Ramon Nunez has signed a new six month contract, with an option for a further year with Leeds United.

The Honduran midfielder, who appeared in the 2010 World Cup for the Central American team, has made just two substitute appearances for the Whites since signing earlier this season. With Bradley Johnson widely expected to leave during the January transfer window, Nunez should have an opportunity to fight for a first team place upon his return from International duty. The 26-year-old is currently away with Honduras in the Central American Cup competition in Panama.

Johnson Leeds link.

Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson has been strongly linked with a loan move to Elland Road, to obtain some match fitness following a long injury lay-off.

However, Leeds may face competition from Leicester City, as the 22-year-old is now being tracked by his former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is considering hijacking the move too.

Johnson impressed during a 45 minute work-out for the reserves in a 4-0 win over Rochdale on Tuesday night. Johnson told the City website: “Going out somewhere for the rest of the season and getting match fit might be a better option.” Johnson would find first-team opportunities limited at Eastland’s and Leeds United are looking to strengthen in central midfield.

Carlisle hopes dashed.

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbot is not holding out much hope of seeing Leeds United players Mike Grella and Lubomir Michalik return to Brunton Park on new loan deals.

He told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “Leeds probably think they can find the best possible deals for Lubo and Mike elsewhere, so we’re waiting. I’m not too optimistic anything will happen in the next 10 days or so.” The two players have returned to Elland Road and both played for the reserves in a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night. 23-year-old striker Grella netted twice, and Leeds will be looking for him to gain some more first team experience.

Michalik on the other hand was told to find a new club in the summer, and will be allowed to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season. Abbot would like to sign the Slovakian international, but sees his wages as a big stumbling block: “In a perfect world Lubo would come in near the top wages for our group and we would sign him definitely. But I don’t think we would get anywhere near the finance he is looking for. He’s on a really, really big wage.”

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