Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jake Livermore has signed for Leeds United on loan until the end of the season.
The 21 year old signed on the final day for emergency loan transfers as Simon Grayson shuffled his pack for the final push for promotion.
Livermore is a graduate of the Tottenham academy, and despite making only one league appearance as a substitute, has some Football League experience with loan spells at MK Dons, Peterborough and Derby on his CV. Livermore spent the early part of this season on loan at Ipswich Town and played against Leeds at Portman Road in October, a game the East Anglian side won by 2-1.
Grayson told leedsunited.com: “We’re at an important stage of the season and he gives us improved competition for places. He is a good addition to our squad.”
Two loan exits.
Two of Leeds United’s fringe midfield players were shipped out on loan by Simon Grayson yesterday, as the loan transfer window closed. Adam Clayton, a summer signing from Manchester City, has been loaned to the MK Dons until the end of the season, and Honduran international Ramon Nunez will join Championship strugglers Scunthorpe United until the end of the campaign.
Clayton had already spent a spell on loan at Peterborough United in the early part of the season, after making just four appearances for the Whites since his signing on the eve of the season. He joins the Dons as they chase a League One play-off spot and has gone straight into the squad for tonight’s clash against Walsall.
Nunez, who signed for United at the end of the August transfer window, is currently away on international duty with Honduras. He also has had limited opportunities at Elland Road, making just a handful of substitute appearances. The attacking midfielder, who played in last summer’s World Cup and was recently voted player of the tournament in the Central American Championships, will join former Elland Road team-mate Andy Hughes at Glanford Park as the Iron battle to avoid relegation.
Howson out for U21’s.
Injury has forced Leeds United skipper Jonny Howson out of the England U-21 squad for this week’s friendly matches against Denmark and Iceland. Howson was a late call up to the squad following a host of injury withdrawals, but Leeds boss Simon Grayson revealed that the midfielder had suffered a slight hamstring injury in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United.
Howson, who made his Under 21 debut in last month’s game against Italy, will instead remain at Thorp Arch; United’s training ground, for treatment in the hope that he will be fit for the vital promotion clash with Nottingham Forest in eight days’ time.