Shrimpers deny Barnard reports
Reports in a national newspaper on Wednesday claimed a deal had been reached with Leeds for the striker's departure, but Southend later released a club statement to refute this. The statement read: "Following reports in a national newspaper this morning that Lee Barnard has transferred to Leeds United, Southend United can categorically deny that this rumour is true. "Although there have been three interested parties in signing Lee during this transfer window, no offer has currently been accepted by the football club. "At the moment we fully expect Lee to be in the starting line-up for Saturday's game against Wycombe Wanderers."
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