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Leeds United close to signing former Reading duo

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Leeds United manager Brian McDermott will kick-start a summer spending spree this week as he looks to complete deals for former Reading striker Noel Hunt and Bolton Wanderers defender Matt Mills. 

McDermott will meet with club bosses today as he seeks the green light to press ahead with several deals he has reportedly had lined up for some time. 

Owners GFH Capital, club chief executive Shaun Harvey and director David Haigh will all be in attendance as the Whites manager seeks clarification on what transfer funds are available. 

Hunt, 30, was released by the Royals at the end of last season after managing just two league goals in 24 Premier League appearances. Never a prolific scorer, Hunt totals 97 career goals in 376 appearances. His strikes last season came against Newcastle United and Swansea City. 

Former Leicester City and Reading centre-half Mills, 26, has been linked with a move to United for some time, with the Trotters seemingly keen to offload the ex-England under-19 international. 

The deal looked at risk when Leeds refused to match Bolton's £1m asking price, but it is now rumoured that Mills will now arrive at Elland Road on a season-long loan. 

"We have had things in place for quite a while now," McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I have a meeting for us to get the go-ahead to really nail these deals down. It's really important we get things nailed down. I want as many of the players in as I can for pre-season."

McDermott added: “We have (verbal) agreements with certain players. But obviously you have to get an agreement with the player’s agent on a contract and an agreement if there’s another club as well.

“As far as players are concerned, we have got agreements that they do want to come. And what I have found is that players are very, very keen to come to Leeds. For obvious reasons, really. I now need clarification from the owners that the deals will be done.

“We did a lot of our work early and players are in place, if we can get the deals done. Full stop, that’s it. It’s very simple – have we (got) the finances to do the deals, can we do the deals? Players are in place and we have targets lined up if we can do the deals.

“I do not have a number (in terms of targets). But it’s not just about the number, but who I believe can fit into the squad and make the difference for us.

“I have targeted players who know the division and others who I think will be good for the future if we have an amount of money to spend and who will be fantastic assets for our club.

“Once we get that green light, it will enable us to go ahead and really force the issue. I am confident these players will want to come to Leeds United.”

 

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