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Leeds Midfielder Linked
Thursday, 12th Feb 2015 10:39

Town are reportedly keen on signing Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

According to The Sun, the Blues want to sign the 29-year-old on an emergency loan now before making the move longer term when the Jamaican international’s Whites contract comes to an end in the summer.

Combative central midfielder Austin was reported to be close to moving to Wigan in a £500,000 deal just before the end of the transfer window but Leeds rebuffed the bid with manager Neil Redfearn glad they kept hold of him.

Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Personally I felt we had to keep him and I made that view clear. I spoke to [Leeds chairman] Andrew Umbers and to Rudy himself and they knew what I thought about it. I didn’t want him to leave.

“To be fair to the club, they’ve stood firm and kept him here and it’s the right call. We’ve had a tough season but we’ve been better recently and he’s a big reason for the last few results. We’d have been worse off without him.”

Having turned down Wigan's offer so recently, it would be a surprise if the Whites were to make Austin available for loan now [and Blues boss Mick McCarthy subsequently dismissed the link].

Austin started his career in his native Jamaica with Portmore United. He moved to Norwegian club Brann initially on loan in 2008 before joining permanently the following year.

After four years with the Bergen club 6ft tall Austin, who has won 71 international caps, scoring six goals, joined Leeds United in July 2012.

Since then he has made 95 starts and 11 sub appearances for the Whites and has scored seven goals.

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Letchworth_Blue added 10:42 - Feb 12
Quick, attacking goalscoring midfielder?..........errrm.

itfcserbia added 10:43 - Feb 12
Man, we seem to be looking at Leeds exclusively this season lol

Jimmy86 added 10:51 - Feb 12
When it looked like Wigan were in for him I wondered why we didn't go in for him. He is a decent midfielder and can't fathom why the Norwich of the north don't play him. Can certainly chip in with goals for sure

Ipswich_Loyal added 11:04 - Feb 12
Very good allround midfielder. I'd be pleased if we got him!

iaintaylorx added 11:11 - Feb 12
dad is a leeds fan, and been quite a few times this season, and no thanks! very inconsistent player, can lose his head too, not what we need in my opinion! even leeds fans don't rate him.

Bluejake added 11:11 - Feb 12
Can't see us signing anyone before the end of next week. If we finished in the playoffs Mick would want any loan signing to at least be available for the final on 23 May so with the emergency loan rule being 93 days, that works back to 20 February.

brendenward35 added 11:12 - Feb 12
Not going to happen if they were keen on him leaving would have taken the £500,000

ArnieM added 11:12 - Feb 12
Bit confused by the report here. Are we in for him or not? If Leeds declined 500k from Wigan why would let him go on loan. Doesn't make any sense this, sorry.

ArnieM added 11:13 - Feb 12
Oh ..."according to the Sun". That explains it. Total non story then.

tractorgrl added 11:18 - Feb 12
Looks a bit of a tank!

christiand added 11:26 - Feb 12
Have we not learnt from how MM deals with possible transfer targets? Nothing much is given away in the media, think this is smoke screen.

blueherts added 11:29 - Feb 12
Noel Hunt should be able to let us know !
Not sure - seemed to have been a 'wanted commodity' by afew a few years back
The Sun knows - eh ?

Where is Jonny

Nazemariner added 11:30 - Feb 12
This would be an excellent signing! A strong, combative midfielder who wants the ball, and has and can shoot.

Go get him Mick!

walberswicks added 11:49 - Feb 12
why don't we just buy johnny Williams and stop all this p^ss&ng about?

brendenward35 added 11:49 - Feb 12
Just what we need but not going to happen :-(


Notts_tractor added 11:50 - Feb 12
Jimmy, Sheff United are the Norwich of the North, not Leeds!

Pilgrimblue added 11:51 - Feb 12
Why Leeds and Ireland?? Surely we have any scouts looking elsewhere or can't ME afford the bus fares! Going to Clubs in worse state than us for players they don't want is baffling. If we really do have aspirations of play-offs why aren't we banging on Prem doors or going farther afield like Spain/Sweden. Problem is that MM has left it late so even if he gets some fresh talent in they'll take time to bed in!! Should have got loans in window and not left it to emergency; bad planning.

PJH added 11:57 - Feb 12
walberswicks-one reason could be because the transfer window is closed!?

BlueandTruesince82 added 12:40 - Feb 12
Leeds are defo Norwich of the North, Shef U are Derby of the North

Either way this soundslike tripe, who would he be in for Skuse? Hyam? we're covered in that position and I dont see Leeds selling

je ne sais quoi pas

menacinho added 13:12 - Feb 12
Bolton are the Norwich of the North as far as I am concerned!

Leeds are hardly likely to loan him to us if they could have got half a million for him two weeks ago. Typical tabloid nonsense from The Sun.

joepublic added 13:28 - Feb 12
Thanks BrendenWard for the video

That last goal was a very classy finish. However the deal seems very unlikely as others have stated.

Fingers crossed MM will pull out another fine signing

BlueandTruesince82 added 14:25 - Feb 12
Not that we will, but nicking Dorrans from under scums noses would be good, John Walters is in an out at Stoke mutch to the detrirment of my fantasy league team. Id have him back.

If Roy Keane reckons he demanded out of town then I reckon Roy Keane is taling b0110cks

casanovacrow added 15:18 - Feb 12
he's not going anywhere, its not like we would be willing to pay proper fee at the end of it anyway.

"The Sun". nothing more to be said.

jas0999 added 18:22 - Feb 12
Decent player in fairness. But, we need a goal scorer in midfield. He doesn't tick that box. Replacement for Hyam maybe?

All that said, this seems very unlikely.

Popeye added 19:43 - Feb 12
He cant play during the busy christmas fixture list because of his other job helping santa deliver presents.

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