Leeds in 'driving seat' - Bates

03 June 2009 09:27
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates believes the club's stature will help them attract players to Elland Road.Bates told the club website: "The great thing about Leeds is that we don't have to beg anyone to join us or stay with us. We are in the driving seat." [LNB]He also revealed they have yet to receive any offers for transfer-listed striker Jermaine Beckford. [LNB]"If we don't get what we consider to be a reasonable offer, we will keep him," Bates said. [LNB]Last season's top scorer was placed on the transfer list after rejecting a new contract, and has just 12 months left on his current deal.[LNB] A lot of players want to come to play for Leeds Ken Bates "We have had no inquiries yet but that is not usual at this time because the season has just ended and most managers, scouts and coaches are away winding down," Bates added. [LNB]"They come back in the middle of June and start thinking. But we are in no hurry." [LNB]While the recent focus has been on possible player departures, speculation has also continued over who might be coming to Elland Road. [LNB]Sam Sodje could be in line for a permanent move to Leeds after his successful loan spell there last season.[LNB]Sodje finished the season on loan at Leeds UnitedThe central defender has been released by Reading, and Bates confirmed that he is one of a number of players they are looking at. [LNB]"He has done well for us after he joined us in January but, again, he has to decide what he wants to do. [LNB]"A lot of players want to come to play for Leeds and we will choose those who want to play for the club and are prepared to accept reasonable wages but that is down to our manager."

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