Leeds manager Brian McDermott will look to start moulding his squad into promotion contenders this month with the signings of Reece Wabara and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, according to reports.

 

Wabara, a product of the Manchester City youth system who can play as both a central defender and a full back, looks certain to leave the Ethiad Stadium having managed just one first-team appearance, and could be available in a cut-price deal. 

 

The 21-year-old spent the majority of last season on loan at Oldham Athletic, where he played a pivotal role in keeping his side out of the League One relegation zone, while also grabbing a famous goal in the FA Cup tie with Liverpool. 

 

A much more well-known name is Ebanks-Blake, who is a proven Championship level striker having had successful spells with both Plymouth Argyle and Wolves - even winning the division's golden boot award in 2008 and 2009. 

 

The one time England Under-21 international is likely to be keen on a move after Wolves relegation to the third tier of English football at the end of last season, but an ankle ligament injury which is set to keep him out until October could yet scupper a move. 

 

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway, who worked with Ebanks-Blake at Plymouth, is also a known admirer. 

 

Now 27, Ebanks-Blake began his professional career at Manchester United, making several appearances in the League Cup - which was also where he scored his first senior goal in 2005, against Barnet. 

 

Despite being an unused substitute in several Champions League matches, a fractured leg ensured he never again appeared for the first team and in 2006 Plymouth arrived with a £200,000 offer that was accepted. 

 

Ebanks-Blake quickly became a fan favourite at Home Park as he netted 10 times by the end of his first season, and then grabbed 11 before Christmas at the start of his second year with the club. 

 

His form attracted the attention of fellow Championship club Wolves who activated a £1.5m buy-out clause in his contract the following January to take the striker to Molineux. He netted 12 times for his new side in the second-half the season and claimed the league's golden boot award.

 

A year later his tally of 25 earned him both a second golden boot and the 'Championship Player of the Year Award' as Wolves earned promotion to the Premier League.

 

Although he struggled to replicate his form in the Premier League - scoring just 10 times in 76 appearances over a three year spell, he returned to form with 14 goals in a struggling Wolves team last season as Wanderers suffered a second successive relegation. 

 

Less is known about Wabara, but having been with Manchester City since 2007 he clearly has talent. He made his one and only first team appearance in 2011, coming on as a late substitute for Pablo Zabaleta in a game against Bolton Wanderers. 

 

Loan spells at Ipswich Town and Blackpool followed but it's at Oldham where the youngster made his name when, on his final ever appearance for the club, a delightful back-post header proved enough to see off Premier League Liverpool, 3-2. 

 

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