Leeds saw the transfer window close last night with just one addition to the squad on the final day.
Manchester City goalkeeper David Gonzalez has joined the club on loan until the end of season. The 28 year-old Gonzalez signed for City in January 2010, but has been unable to displace Shay Given and Joe Hart at Eastlands. Capped twice by Colombia, Simon Grayson sees Gonzalez as a useful addition to the squad as he told leedsunited.com: “David’s played for the international team. He’s someone we’ve watched a few times and we feel he is a player who can push Kasper (Schmeichel) and Shane (Higgs). We’re delighted Man City have let him come and delighted to have that extra competition.”
Deadline Day exits.
On the whole it was a day of departures from Elland Road. First to go was defender Fede Bessone.
The 28 year old left back was only signed from Swansea City in the summer but has gone to Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the season, with the League One club having an option to sign him permanently at the end of his loan period. The Argentinean made just eight appearances and United boss Simon Grayson told the clubs official website: “Fede has found opportunities limited and hopefully the move will give him the chance to play first team football.”
Jason Crowe was the next to depart, with his contract being cancelled by mutual consent. The right back was immediately snapped up by Leyton Orient. Also released were goalkeeper Alan Martin and striker Tom Elliott, neither of whom figured under Simon Grayson.
The last to depart was Neill Collins, with the centre back signing for Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee. The Scot only signed for Leeds in the summer from Preston North End , following a loan spell at the end of the season. Simon Grayson explained the decision to sell to leedsunited.com: “We had an offer from Sheffield United which we felt was good for the club. We gave Neill the option and although he’s disappointed to be leaving, he has taken it.”
Loan option remains.
Despite the departures, there were no significant signings made by Leeds United on the final day.
United were linked with loan moves for Michael Johnson of Manchester City and Keith Southern from Blackpool, but come the window shutting no deals were confirmed. However with the emergency loan window opening next week, United manager Simon Grayson feels that there may be an opportunity to strengthen then: “We did come close to signing a couple of players of the highest order, but for different reasons the deals didn’t quite happen” he told leedsunited.com. “There are some good players out there who are unavailable to buy simply because the clubs don’t want to sell, but it may be that they will consider loans.”