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Leeds sign Antenucci

Italian striker Mirco Antenucci has joined Leeds for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old had been at Elland Road for talks on Wednesday and tweeted a photograph of himself in front of the pitch as well as one of him signing his papers with the club's football consultant, Graham Bean.


Proud to be a part of this club @lufc i hope to give you a lot of satisfaction ??????


Leeds then confirmed he had signed a two-year deal subject to international clearance.

Antenucci has done the rounds in Italian football, playing for the likes of Giulianova, Catania, Ascoli, Torino and Ternana, for whom he scored 19 goals last season.

His best return came in the 2009-10 campaign when he scored 24 times for Ascoli to win the Serie B golden boot.

He arrives at the Leeds the day after their 2-0 home defeat to Brighton - their second loss from three Championship games under new coach David Hockaday.

Antenucci's signing is Leeds' 11th of the summer and he becomes the fourth Italian purchased by owner Massimo Cellino.

The former Cagliari president said last week that he still hopes to sign a further five or six players and is understood to be pursuing a move for Adryan, the Brazilian playmaker on loan at his old club from Flamengo.


Leeds United sign Liam Cooper

Leeds United has signed Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper.

It is for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

Liam Cooper has been signed for an undisclosed fee
Liam Cooper has been signed for an undisclosed fee

United and Chesterfield agreed a fee for the central defender on Tuesday but the formalities of the deal were completed on Wednesday evening. In late July United had two bids for the defender rejected by Chesterfield.

The Yorkshire-born defender came through the Academy ranks at Hull City and he made his first team debut for the Tigers in 2008.

During his time at Hull City the defender spent loan spells at Carlisle United, Huddersfield Town and Chesterfield.

After a successful loan spell the 22-year-old signed on a permanent basis at Chesterfield and made over 50 appearances last season.

Last season Liam helped Chesterfield win the League Two title and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.


Leeds United sign Sharp

Billy Sharp has joined Leeds United on a two-year deal after agreeing to take a wage cut.

New Leeds United striker Billy Sharp
New Leeds United striker Billy Sharp Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Sheffield-born 28-year-old had one-year remaining on his deal at Southampton but the Premier League club were willing to offload him.

Sharp has spent most of the last two seasons on-loan in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, Reading and Doncaster Rovers.

Leeds moved for the former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe striker following the departure of Ross McCormack to Championship rivals Fulham.

Assets order for ex-Leeds Utd chief

A High Court judge has barred a former football club boss accused of fraud from dealing in his assets.

Mr Justice Males today imposed an asset freezing order on former Leeds United managing director David Haigh at a High Court hearing in London.

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh
Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh has had his UK assets frozen Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The judge was told that Mr Haigh was facing allegations of "false invoice fraud" in criminal and civil proceedings in Dubai.

And lawyers representing a finance company which has taken civil court action applied for a freezing order relating to any assets Mr Haigh owned in England and Wales.

They said Mr Haigh owned a house in Cornwall and was thought to have money in a number of bank accounts.

Mr Justice Males imposed an interim asset freezing order.

He said he was satisfied that GFH Capital had a "good arguable case" and said there was evidence of a "risk of a dissipation of assets".

The judge also said Mr Haigh was known to operate through "overseas trusts and offshore companies".

He said one company, Sport Capital, was based in Guernsey.

The judge, who was told of Mr Haigh's links to Leeds, heard that a similar asset freezing order had already been made by a court in Dubai.

Mr Haigh has denied wrongdoing - and his lawyers today objected to Mr Justice Males making an asset freezing order.

Lawyers told Mr Justice Males how Mr Haigh had said he had been "framed".

And the judge said Mr Haigh might mount a "full defence in due course".

Mr Haigh had been in prison in Dubai since May, the judge heard.

Lawyers said after the hearing that Mr Haigh had been remanded in custody pending trial after being accused of false invoice fraud in criminal proceedings.

Leeds finally agree deal for Chesterfield defender

Leeds United have agreed a fee for Chesterfield defender Laim Cooper
Leeds United have agreed a fee for Chesterfield defender Laim Cooper Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds United have strengthened their defence after agreeing a fee for Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper.

United had two bids rejected for Cooper last month, but a fee has now been agreed between the two clubs.

The defender is due at Leeds United on Wednesday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

Leeds sign Italian defender

Leeds United's new defender Giuseppe Bellusci
Leeds United have signed Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci on a one year loan deal

Leeds United have confirmed that Giuseppe Bellusci has signed a one-year loan deal from Catania, subject to international clearance.

The 24 year-old central defender adds competition to United's defence, with Jason Pearce and Scott Wootton the only senior centre-backs at the club.

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