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New Owls owner denies arrest rumours

New Sheffield Wednesday owner Hafiz Mammadov has moved to deny speculation that he had been arrested in Azerbaijan.

Mammadov bought the Owls last season
Mammadov bought the Owls last season Credit: Press Association

In a statement he said:

"Certain unfounded rumours have been spread in the press over my supposed arrest and imprisonment in Azerbaijan, which I obviously strongly deny, and which was immediately denied by State Border Guards.

"It seems today that false and malicious speculation over my situation is being used with the aim to create confusion and doubt over my financial holdings and commitments.

"There are no grounds for the allegations made by the press, and I will take all necessary legal actions against whoever has initiated these false rumours with the aim to harm my family and me."

Since his takeover the club have been active in the transfer market, signing goalkeepers Chris Kirkland and Keiran Westwood as well as former Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson who spent time at Hillsborough on loan last season.

Leeds sign Italian keeper Silvestri

Leeds United have completed the signing of Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri for an undisclosed fee from Chievo, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old arrives at Elland Road having signed a four year deal with the club.

Silvestri, who is a former Italy Under-20 and Under-21, started his career at Modena in Serie B and in 2010 he made the step-up to Serie A with Cheivo.

While at the Serie A side the goalkeeper had loan spells at Reggiana, Padova and most recently at Cagliari this past season.

United head coach David Hockaday said: “Everybody in Italy believes that Marco is destined for very big things.

"We are delighted to welcome him to Leeds. “He has been training with us for a week now and he has impressed everybody. Not only with his quality on the park but with his general manner off it as well. “So are we delighted to welcome a very good person and footballer to Leeds United.”



Fulham confirm McCormack transfer

Fulham Football Club have confirmed that they have bought Leeds United captain Ross McCormack.

Ross McCormack has signed for Fulham
Ross McCormack has signed for Fulham Credit: Press Association

The London club say they have signed the Scottish international on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £11million.

He was the top scorer in the Championship last season and will be part of a new strike partnership at Craven Cottage as Fulham look to bounce back from relegation.

Twitter reports that McCormack has been sold

Sports journalist Simon Austin says Leeds United captain Ross McCormack was sold late last night.

Austin has close links with new Whites owner Massimo Cellino.

The Scottish striker has been linked with Fulham but it is thought the London side were reluctant to meet United's £10million asking price.

Cellino has said the club do not need to sell last season's Championship top scorer and that he would do everything he could to keep McCormack at Elland Road.

Tigers sign winger Ince


We are delighted to confirm Tom Ince as our third major signing of the summer #UTT


The England U21 international arrives as a free agent and has signed a two-year deal with the Tigers #UTT


Due to the player’s age, negotiations between the Tigers and Ince’s former club Blackpool over a compensation fee continue #UTT

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