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June 30: From vague possibility to actuality in less than 24 hours! David Wetherall today signed a 5-year deal with Bradford City, moving for a fee of £1.4 million.

June 29: David Wetherall's move to Southampton is now definitely off - his wife is about to give birth and understandably didn't fancy the move. Although he's not necessarily going to be a first choice centreback, I still think he'd be a useful squad player if he stayed - but if he wants regular first-team football he'll have to keep on looking - and Bradford could be a possibility since they look likely to lose their highly-rated defender Darren Moore.

June 28: Vicky Bremner and Elsie Revie unveiled a plaque at Elland Road commemorating their late husbands at the weekend. The memorial to the captain and the manager of the great Leeds team of the 1970s was funded by personal donations, and the unveiling was watched by several former players.

June 27: I'm back from holiday and it seems that not very much has happened. The first game of the season will be at home to Derby. Meanwhile there's no definite news on contracts or transfers - speculation links JFH to Atletico Madrid, and talks start with Bowyer and Hoppo next week.

June 22: Kieron Dyer's price might end up dropping as Bryan Robson has joined the latest in a line of managers to give up when faced with a bill of £7 million - before the player's personal terms. Let's see who his agent links him with next...

June 22: Southampton have agreed to pay the £2 million fee for David Wetherall, but he might not be too keen to move down there.

June 22: Former Leeds midfielder Scott Sellars will be joining Huddersfield subject to a medical. Jon Newsome - who scored one of the goals that beat Sheff U on the day we won the championship - is wanted by Watford, and David Kerslake has been released by Swindon.

June 21: David Wetherall's move to Huddersfield appears to be going nowhere, but Southampton are now interested in him filling the hole left by the departure of Ken Monkou.

June 19: Chris Fairclough, the lynchpin of the Championship-winning defence, has joined York City on a free from Chesterfield.

June 18: Jonathon Woodgate has signed a large sponsorship deal with Fila. Reports in some papers quote a 7-figure sum - which seems a little bit hard to believe, but everyone's on silly money these days, and if someone's paying it I'd rather see a Leeds player get it.

June 18: It's nearly the weekend, so it must be time for another round of Random Transfer Rumours! Derek Lilley could be on his way back to Scotland - Dundee United are looking to pick him up for £150,000 - half a million less than he cost us! The long-running sagas of David Wetherall & Kieron Dyer may be joining up somewhat: although Wethers has agreed personal terms with Huddersfield now, it's unclear if the transfer will complete, and he, Danny Granville, Bruno Ribeiro and Clyde Wijnhard might be offered to Ipswich to go some way towards meeting their incredibly high valuation on Dyer.

June 15: Danny Mills will be a Leeds player next season - subject to a medical. After a couple of weeks of tough negotiating, Leeds agreed to double their original offer and pay Charlton's asking price of £4 million. He'll need to do a lot to live up to that price, but at least it should give us a solid and regular right back.

June 15: Harry Kewell's injury doesn't look to be as bad as was initially feared. He's contacted the club from Oz to say that he's okay and should be ready to start pre-season training.

June 15: Lee Sharpe has finally swallowed his pride and taken a pay cut to go to Bradford City. Can't say I blame them: ten grand a week for a player who has been plagued by injury and is less than fully fit wouldn't be good business.

June 14: Michael Duberry of Chelsea has been confirmed as one of Leeds' transfer targets. Strange that we're aiming to get rid of a centreback who can't command a place in the first team and replacing him - at a cost of £5 million - with a centreback who can't command a place in the first team of his current club. Makes sense to me....

June 12: Worrying pictures from Down Under: Harry Kewell was stretchered off last night while playing for Australia in a game against a FIFA Select XI to mark the opening of the Olympic Stadium. No definite news yet, but it could be ligament damage....

June 10: Gunnar Halle has agreed personal terms and should be moving to Bradford City for £250,000. Lee Sharpe is still pondering personal terms, and other clubs - including Manchester City - might be interested.

June 10: Jonathon Woodgate has agreed personal terms on a 4-year contract with the club. His agent spent some time negotiating with Peter Ridsdale while Woodgate was producing an impressive performance in Bulgaria, and things should be signed and sealed next week.

June 10: Danny Mills is believed to be on the point of signing for Leeds as Peter Ridsdale upped the original offer of £1 million to Charlton. It's a good move for a promising young player - but Leeds' willingness to up the ante must raise strong questions about Gary Kelly's future.

June 09: Jonathon Woodgate made a solid debut for England - including an excellent goal-saving tackle. The team's performance was lacklustre and uninspiring - not the best situation in which to make your first start at this level - but Woody showed the same poise and confidence that he has displayed against Man U, Arsenal and all the rest of the Premier League this season.

June 09: Matthew Jones and Kevin Evans both turned out for Wales U-21 in their 2-1 defeat by Denmark last night - with Evans scoring the Welsh goal.

June 08: Peter Ridsdale confirmed that we had increased an earlier bid for a player (probably Dyer) and that we would be making a bid for another player (with rumours pointing at Keane of Wolves). Sutton, van Hoojidonk and Ehiogu are ruled out, much to the relief of those of us who can never remember how they spell their names.

June 08: Jonathon Woodgate has been confirmed as one of three centrebacks in the England starting line-up for tomorrow night. Let's hope he does well - it's never easy to come in to a situation where the team are not performing well and some key individuals are missing.

June 08: Leeds have accepted a bid of £400,000 for BOTH of Gunnar Halle and Lee Sharpe from Bradford. Halle is a reasonable utility player and has got to be worth half a mil, so that values Sharpey at -100K! oth have still to agree personal terms, so we'll see if anyone else is interested at this price.

June 07: Leeds have agreed a fee of £2 million with Huddersfield Town for the services of David Wetherall. Wethers has still to agree to personal terms, and may prefer to hold on and see if there is interest from other clubs first, but he has probably realised that he is now behind Lucas Radebe, Jon Woodgate, Martin Hiden and probably Robert Molenaar when all are fit, and with DOL in charge instead of Wilko the likelihood of us fielding a 5-centreback defence are gone.

June 07: Jonathon Woodgate might make the England starting line-up on Wednesday night after injuries and disappointing performances reduced the available field. He deserves a chance anyway - he can't look less clueless than Tim Sherwood on Saturday.

June 05: David Batty had a strong game for England but picked up a yellow card in the goalless draw with Sweden.

June 04: Peter Ridsdale has been elected to the FA Council - now that he's combining the roles of MD and chairman at Leeds it looks like he's going to have a busy year.

June 02: Gary Kelly and Martin Hiden are both still on course for a comeback at the start of next season, with Robert Molenaar still looking at Christmas as the earliest possible return.

June 02: Latest transfer brouhaha: Blackburn's continued interested in Wetherall might just pay dividends if he took a pile of cash with him to Ewood Park and sent Chris Sutton in the other direction. Meanwhile Kieron Dyer's agent has said that he'd love to play for Leeds - but he didn't think we were at the front of the queue. Whether this is due to our reluctance to meet Ipswich's asking price (of £ 7.5m) or whether it's because of our reluctance to meet his wage demands (or a combination of the two) it isn't clear. Peter Ridsdale ruled out Robbie Keane of Wolves as a target, and there's no sign of a positive move on Lee Sharpe yet.

June 02: Ex-Leeds small bloke Jamie Forrester has joined Utrecht from Scunthorpe on a 'Bosman'.

June 01: Harry Kewell has agreed to - but not yet signed - a four-year deal. That should chase away the speculation about Juventus or whoever for a while: he still wants to play in Italy later in his career, but at 20 years of age, there's plenty of time to go.

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