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Owls sign Leeds defender Lees

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DONE DEAL: Tom Lees has this morning competed his move to @swfc. Tom has signed a 3-year deal and moves for an undisclosed fee #lufc

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Chesterfield turn down Leeds bid for Cooper

Chesterfield have confirmed they have turned down a bid from Leeds United for defender Liam Cooper.

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Official confirmation that the Spireites have turned down a bid for Liam Cooper http://t.co/2soC7XKfv8

Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner has confirmed that an undisclosed six-figure offer for Cooper failed to meet the club's asking price.

The former Hull player was a key player at the heart of the Spireites' title-winning defence last season.

We have turned down an initial bid which was below our valuation of Liam and we now await a response from Leeds. I'm not surprised that there has been interest in Liam because he is a quality player. Paul Cook has assembled a squad of players who are capable of playing in League 1 and above and it would be a surprise if none of them attracted interest from other clubs.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

Leeds legend given honorary degree

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray MBE, who was both player and manager at the club, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science by Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to sport.

Eddie Gray awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science by Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to sport.
Eddie Gray awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science by Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to sport. Credit: Leeds Metropolitan University

Eddie had an illustrious 20 year career with the football club where he made 561 appearances and scored 68 goals from his position as winger. He was never booked in his entire playing career.

To be here at Leeds Metropolitan University and to receive such a prestigious award makes me feel very proud; I’m absolutely delighted for myself, my friends and my family. When I came down to Leeds, the one thing that Don Revie taught me was to have the confidence to believe in your own ability and have the courage to use it and never walk out the door thinking to yourself, I could have done a little bit better. Give it your all and if it doesn’t work out, you know you’ve tried your best.

– Eddie Gray

He was a pivotal part in the Leeds United team of the 1960s and 70s and, when his playing days neared an end, he assumed the role of player manager in 1982 and stayed at Elland Road as manager until 1985.

101 days of Cellino at Leeds

It is 101 days since controversial Italian Massimo Cellino took over at Leeds United - and it certainly hasn't been dull!

He has sacked manager Brian McDermott, appointed a little-known replacement, lost a star player and captain..and started raiding the Italian transfer market to build a new team; and he's promised to get rid of the club's Thorp Arch training base, and buy back Elland Road.

He has been talking about all that - and more - in an exclusive TV interview for Calendar.

John Shires reports.

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Cellino on McCormack: 'In his mind he was already gone'

Former Leeds United captain Ross McCormack had resolved to leave the club before the team left for a pre-season tour of Italy, according to Massimo Cellino.

The Italian reiterated that he was reluctant to sell the Scot, who was the Championship's top scorer last season.

He told ITV Calendar that the club did not need to sell and it hurt him to sell to a league rival, rather than a higher division club:

Cellino: I'm building a team to stay in Premier League for good

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says his transfer policy will ensure the clubs survival in the Premier League when they get promoted.

New manager Dave Hockaday has already signed several Italian players, goalkeeper Stuart Taylor but sold 29-goal captain Ross McCormack to Fulham for £10.75 million.

The former Cagliari owner says he wants to sign players who will grow with the club:

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