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Leeds bring in striker from Leicester

Leeds have announced the signing of striker Chris Wood from Leicester for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old New Zealand international has penned a four-year deal to become the Whites' fourth summer arrival.

Chris Wood spent time at Ipswich last season. Credit: PA

"I think he's another important piece in the jigsaw," head coach Uwe Rosler told the club's official website. "We were looking for a number nine type - like Chris Wood is.

"He's physical, strong and experienced in this league. He has potential to develop and has his best years in front of him.

"It's exciting. He already has a proven goalscoring record and I think there are many goals to come. We think that he is the right player."

Sporting director Salerno leaves Leeds

Nicola Salerno, left, pictured with Massimo Cellino at Elland Road. Credit: PA

Leeds sporting director Nicola Salerno has officially left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 58-year-old Italian, who spent less than a year in the role, was responsible for the effective sacking of Steve Thompson in April when the club's assistant head coach was controversially suspended.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino confirmed soon afterwards that Salerno, on a two-year contract, had resigned.

The club said on their official Twitter account: "Nicola Salerno has departed his role as Sporting Director at #lufc after a mutual termination of his contract was reached.

"#lufc would like to thank Nicola for his efforts over the last year and he will always be welcomed back to Elland Road in the future."

Salerno arrived at Leeds last July when Cellino revealed the pair would be reunited at Elland Road having worked together at Cagliari.

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Uwe Rosler 'has had discussions' with Leeds United

Former Wigan and Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has held discussions with Leeds United about becoming the club's new manager, according to the BBC.

BBC Leeds sports broadcaster Adam Pope tweeted the news to his followers this afternoon and the immediate reaction suggested supporters of the club would not be keen on Rosler taking over.

Bernie Baldie asked: "Why, for heaven's sake. He failed miserably at Wigan," while Paul Baker said: "Might as well plan for league one now!"

The news that discussions with prospective new managers are being held while Neil Redfearn is still in charge will raise even more concerns about the way Leeds are being run by controversial owner Massimo Cellino.

Cellino leaves Leeds press conference for cigarette

Cellino popped out for a cigarette, as you do. Credit: PA

Today's Leeds United press conference took a bizarre twist when Massimo Cellino decided to leave the room for a cigarette break, leaving director Adam Pearson to face the media alone.

"What we are trying to do is put things in place and make sure we don't make mistakes again," Pearson said.

Asked if Redfearn, without contact in 12 days, had been cut adrift, Pearson added:

"He hasn't been cut adrift. I would encourage Massimo to do things that he sees fit. He does things that he thinks are right for the football club. I would ask you to give him more time."

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Leeds chairman Cellino undecided on Redfearn future

Neil Redfearn steadied the ship. Credit: PA

Massimo Cellino admits he know if Neil Redfearn is the man to take Leeds United former.

The former Barnsley midfielder was appointed head coach in November, but the Italian could replace him over the summer.

I need to decide whether Neil is best for the club and can lead us back to the Premier League.

I am in love with Neil and I don't want to talk to anyone else about the job. I have always believed in him and I gave him his big chance.

I made sure he had a clause guaranteeing he would pick the team because I don't want a coach I control.

If my coach is working in the right direction I will treat him better than anyone else in the world.

I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I don't want to have this.

– Massimo Cellino speaking to freelance journalist Simon Austin
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