Leeds United chairman Ken Bates is never short of a word – or two – but he’s keeping quiet when it comes to naming the club’s summer transfer targets.

The outspoken former Chelsea owner is, however, eager to assure United fans that the club will be active in the market before the season kicks off.

Whilst Kasper Schmeichel, Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny have departed Elland Road, as yet manager Simon Grayson has had little opportunity to add to his squad bar the signing of Paul Rachubka.

Bates says: “I can confirm we are in serious discussions with a number of players, we are looking to sign four players.


"There are three that we failed to get because they signed for Premier League clubs, but that shows the quality we are trying to get it, and you can't blame the players.

"I'm not going into too much detail because it's stupid to comment on what you are doing when all you do is alert the competition."

The likes of Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel have both been linked with moves away to Norwich and West Ham respectively, but Bates says Grayson isn’t planning to sell his prized assets.

"I can assure fans that we have no intentions of selling our top players unless the offer is so ridiculous that it will enable Simon to strengthen his team in other ways," he added.

"Our aim this year is to get in the Premier League and not be a breeding ground for others."

Grayson's men finished seventh in the Npower Championship last season, narrowly missing out on a play-off spot, and are determined to push on next time out.

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