Leeds chairman teases about '£10m signing'

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Leeds chairman Ken Bates has hit back at critics of his frugality in the transfer market, stating that the signing of Ramon Nunez proves he is conducting his dealings in the right way.

Nunez, who joined the Whites last summer on a free transfer, is the new Elland Road goalscoring hero having netted five times in 255 minutes of football this season.

The Honduran coming good for Leeds, says a somewhat sarcastic Bates, is proof that sometimes spending £10 million on a player isn't always the best tactic, as Npower Championship rivals splash the cash.

“He came in on trial, we gave him his chance and he wants to repay that by consolidating his position and prove what a good player he is," explained the Leeds supremo, as reported by the Yorkshire Post.

“We already know he is but he wants to do it on a regular basis. The fans love him, too – what a pity he was a free transfer and not a £10m signing.”

Bates also explained that Leeds could expect more players like Nunez to join the club in the future, with the former Chelsea chief maintaining a good relationship with the agent of the 25-year-old.


"I have a very good relationship with an Italian agent who lives in Monaco," Bates added. "We are great friends.

“He is very strong in South America for some reason and he produced Nunez for us. I think there are one or two more waiting there, too.”

Bates also added that he expects Leeds to indulge in further transfer activity before the deadline next week.

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