Saturday, August 29, 2009

Leedsunited.com 29/8/09
BECKS BAGS WINNER AT COLCHESTER
29 Aug 2009
United maintain 100 per cent start to season...
COLCHESTER 1 (Lisbie 57 pen), UNITED 2 (Johnson 47, Beckford 65)
Colchester: Williams, Maybury, Okuonghae, Baldwin, Tierney, Vincent (Perkins 75), Fox (Wordsworth 84), Izzet, Hackney, Vernon (Platt 67), Lisbie. Subs: Cousins, Thomas, Holt, Lockwood.
United: Higgs, Crowe, Marques (Michalik 87), Kisnorbo, Hughes, Snodgrass (Prutton 80), Doyle, Howson, Johnson, Beckford (Showunmi 90), Becchio. Subs: Ankergren, Kilkenny, Grella, Robinson.
Referee: D Phillip
Booked: Maybury, Izzet, Vincent, Hackney, Tierney (Colchester), Johnson, Beckford (United)
Att: 8810
Simon Grayson welcomed back Luciano Becchio to his starting line-up as United went looking for a record-equalling seventh successive victory to start the new season.
Just as with last season, United's presence attracted another big crowd to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, and the crowds outside ensured there were a number of spaces inside the away end as the teams emerged from the tunnel.
And it was Leeds who threatened first in the contest when Becchio tested Colchester goalkeeper Ben Williams with a header, following a Robert Snodgrassfree-kick.
Jermaine Beckford also had the ball in the net inside the opening seven minutes, but he was denied by an offside flag after being picked out by a clever ball from Micky Doyle.
It was an entertaining start, though, and Shane Higgs made an early save when he pushed a David Fox strike around the box after Colchester moved the ball forward quickly.
On 15 minutes, Beckford had the all in the net again following another good build-up involving a delightful threaded pass from Becchio. But, once again, the United striker was denied by an offside flag, prompting an animated protest from Becchio.
Next up, home goalkeeper Williams made a block with his legs to deny Beckford, who latched on to a ball over the top, swivelled, and delivered another powerful shot on target. Jonny Howson also screwed a shot wide from the edge of the box after Colchester failed to clear their lines.
Once again, United's work-rate shone through during the opening half and, when in possession, the home side were forced backwards due to the harrying and pressing from Grayson's men. The game was also littered with free-kicks during the opening period, making it a stop-start affair.
The referee did pull a yellow card on former United defender Alan Maybury on 38 minutes for a foul which provoked a reaction from Bradley Johnson. As the ball was swung in for the free-kick, Beckford was booked after a Colchester defender hit the deck. Beckford argued he was the initial victim.
Colchester had a shot moments before the interval, Ashley Vincent firing over after the home side were bizarrely awarded a corner when Higgs collected a shot which appeared to have gone out of play.
On the stroke of half-time, Snodgrass came close to breaking the deadlock when he sent a free-kick from distance fizzing over the top of the Colchester goal.
And it was another Snodgrass free-kick, 90 seconds into the second half, that provided the opening goal of the game. Johnson was unmarked in the box and was able to head home his third goal in as many league games to give United the advantage.
Colchester had an immediate chance to respond, courtesy of yet another free-kick, but Higgs proved equal to Kemal Izzet's strike, making a fine reflex save.
The home side were handed another opportunity on 56 minutes when Rui Marques was seemingly adjudged to have fouled Kevin Lisbie in the box, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Lisbie duly stepped up and converted the chance to make it 1-1.
Tensions were already high on the pitch and in the moments following the penalty, two Colchester players were booked and the referee halted play at another free-kick due to pushing in the penalty box.
But it was Leeds who retained the coolest of heads, and it was Mr Cool himself who fired United back in front on the 65th minute. It was Beckford who reacted quickly in the box to slam the ball home to restore United's advantage.
The goal promoted a couple of changes for the home side, but as the game entered its final 15 minutes, United were looking solid on the back of a one-goal advantage. Grayson also introducedDavid Prutton on 80 minutes, in place of the hard-working Snodgrass.
United almost made it 3-1 with six minutes to go when Becchio sent a screamer just wide of the upright after some a great touch by Johnson.
As the clock started to tick down, Marques, who picked up a knock, was replaced by Lubo Michalik, and Enoch Showunmi came on for Becchio.
Four minutes were added on, but with Colchester looking unlikely to force anything, it took a great tackle from Pat Baldwin to deny Beckford after a cushioned header by Prutton.
At the other end, there was still time for Patrick Kisnorbo to make a good block while Howson showed good housekeeping skills to tidy up another raid by the hosts.
And that proved to be the last action of the game as United recorded a seventh successive victory and a fifth in the league to keep the 100 per cent record intact.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Leedsunited.com 22/8/09
BOSS - I FELT LIKE A FAN AGAIN WATCHING THAT!
United manager Simon Grayson said he felt like a fan watching Saturday's 3-0 destruction of Tranmere Rovers at Elland Road.
In a one-sided affair, United cruised to a 13th successive home league victory, equalling a winning sequence set by Don Revie's Leeds side back in 1969 when the club were Football League champions.
Goals from Bradley Johnson, Jermaine Beckford, andLuciano Becchio sealed the points against Tranmere, but had it not been for a combination of the post, the bar, and some fine saves from visiting goalkeeper Luke Daniels, the scoreline would have been far higher.
"It's not something you can say often as a manager, but I really enjoyed watching that," said the United boss.
"I felt like a fan again watching some of the football we played and it was really entertaining and enjoyable.
"It was an excellent performance. We started as we wanted to start. Jermaine could have had a hat-trick in the first 10 minutes.
"On another day it could have been a lot more because of the saves and the woodwork. The chances we created were fantastic.
"Their keeper made some fantastic saves, we hit the woodwork a few times, and sometimes you can win five, six or seven and use all your goals up, so I''m quite happy with how it finished.
"The major factor was the work-rate we had. We kept pressing and pressing and chased lost causes. Everything came together for us.
"When we got possession we maintained it well, moved it around, and created opportunities.
"When you lose the ball easily the tempo drops, but we played some fantastic stuff."

BARNES - IT COULD HAVE BEEN SIX OR SEVEN
Tranmere Rovers manager John Barnes admitted his side could have been on the wrong end of a six or seven-goal defeat at the hands of Leeds United on Saturday.
Goals from Bradley Johnson, Jermaine Beckford, andLuciano Becchio were enough to secure Leeds a 3-0 win at Elland Road, but the visiting manager said he was thankful the scoreline wasn't greater.
"The positive is that it was't six or seven because it should have been," said former England international Barnes.
"They are a very good side, probably one of the best, and we were second best to everything.
"From the first minute we made a mistake which allowed Jermaine Beckford through and our keeper kept us in it.
"They are physical, strong and have lots of quality, but we had to be braver. Not until we went 2-0 down did we pass the ball.
"But at 2-0 down we were chasing the game and their tails were up. Leeds were first to everything. They had a collective and individual desire which we didn't display at all.
"We didn't get what we deserved because they should have had more three."


Yorkshire Post 22/8/09
Leeds United 3 Tranmere Rovers 0: Grayson praises Whites' work
By Robert Gledhill
LEEDS United stretched their record-breaking winning home league run to 13 games and it was the men who gave them the midweek victory at Walsall, Bradley Johnson and Jermaine Beckford, who were again on target as goalkeeper Luke Daniels prevented an Elland Road rout until Lucciano Becchio headed home the third close to time.
Right-back Jason Crowe was passed fit after knee trouble and Leeds named an unchanged side for the visit of Tranmere.
Former Leeds striker Ian Thomas-Moore recovered from a groin problem to lead the Rovers attack and they had another former United striker on the bench in Michael Ricketts.
Beckford went close within 30 seconds only being denied by the legs of goalkeeper Luke Daniels, who was soon beaten by the Leeds striker only for the shot to hit the foot of the post.
Daniels then produced a great reflex far post save from Luciano Becchio's far post header only for Bradley Johnson to drill the ball home to give Leeds a 14th-minute lead.
Shane Higgs held Alan Mahon's volley and Patrick Kisnorbo made a great block on Thomas-Moore before Daniels again denied Beckford, recovering quickly to prevent Becchio sliding home the follow-up attempt.
Beckford finally made it 2-0, outpacing Gavin Gunning and sliding the ball in off the far post after a weak back header from Ian Goodison.
Beckford struck the bar and the post after the break and Davies was at his best to deny centre-back Patrick Kinsorbo from a deflected drive before tipping over Johnson's rising shot, Becchio's header from the ensuing corner hitting the post.
Daniels was finally beaten by Johnson's 30-yard free-kick and Becchio headed home after the ball had crashed against the bar.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson said: "We started exactly how we wanted, with a high tempo and really pressing them and I think Jermaine (Bekford) could have had a hat-trick within the first 10 minutes.
"For me the best bit of it all was the work-rate of the team throughout the whole match, plus our passing was excellent.
"If their keeper didn't make the saves he did we could have won by much more. Everything came together for us today."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 15/8/09
Luciano Becchio hands United win at Wycombe
By Phil Hay
Wycombe Wanderers 0 Leeds United 1
Luciano Becchio scored his first goal of the season to fire the club to a narrow win at Adams Park.
United toiled through the first hour of the League One clash, but Becchio's blistering second-half strike gave Leeds three points.
Wycombe stifled their visitors before the break, creating most of the chances and troubling United's defence with their variety in attack.
Chris Zebroski should have opened the scoring when he drove Matt Phillips' cut-back straight at Shane Higgs from the edge of the box, and John Mousinho failed to apply the slightest touch that was needed to turn another Phillips' delivery into the net.
United, however, came closest to scoring when Beckford, who was booked for dissent in the first half, turned and drove a shot against the post in the 16th minute, and his wayward finish wasted a good through ball from Robert Snodgrass 12 minutes before the break.
Leeds looked more dominant after the restart, however, and Becchio settled the match when he found the net with a sharp effort from 18 yards, drilling the ball beyond the reach of Scott Shearer.
Wycombe could have snatched a draw at the death but Higgs reacted brilliantly to turn Stuart Green's shot onto a post.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 11/8/09
It's job done says Leeds boss Simon Grayson
Simon Grayson declared his pre-match aim accomplished after Leeds United edged into the second round of the Carling Cup with a tight victory over Darlington.
A second-half goal from striker Enoch Showunmi earned Leeds a 1-0 victory at the Darlington Arena last night and Grayson was pleased to see his squad avoid the humiliation of becoming the competition's first significant scalp.
United made hard work of eliminating a League Two club who were in administration until the end of last week, finally taking control of the first-round tie through Showunmi's 54th-minute strike, but Leeds' manager admitted his only priority was safely negotiating a fixture he knew his players were expected to win.
Grayson said: "I'm just delighted to get through. The game was a potential banana skin for us.
"There are always going to be teams in this competition who are scalps for others and everybody wants a scalp, but we didn't to start that process off this season.
"We put in a professional performance – not an ideal one – and it was a winning performance.
"We needed to be a bit more ruthless around the penalty box but the sharpness will come with games as the players' confidence grows.
"I still think a lot of them are finding their feet fitness-wise, but a win's a win and that's the only way we'll look at it."
Leeds reached the fourth round of the tournament last season, and they are the first club to enter the draw for the next stage of this year's competition after their televised tie at Darlington was staged 24 hours ahead of the remaining first-round fixtures.

Bench
Showunmi's toe-poked finish was enough to separate the sides, and it continued the striker's positive progress from the blood clot he suffered on one of his lungs last year. The goal is his first in competitive play since the illness was diagnosed in December.
The former Bristol City player started last night's fixture alongside American forward Mike Grella after injuries to first-choice strikers Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio forced Grayson to omit the former and name the latter on the bench.
"The two lads who started did well and we have to take the chance to look at different options," said Grayson.
"I'm pleased that Enoch got his goal because certain players and strikers in particular thrive on confidence and goals. He's certainly one of them.
"Mike had opportunities to score a few times and they both contributed to the game. They needed to get some competitive football under their belts and they looked lively in the second half. They could both have had a couple of goals."
Beckford was carrying a knee injury sustained in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Exeter City at Elland Road, and though Grayson had initially planned to involve him at Darlington, the forward failed a fitness test yesterday morning.
The realisation that Beckford had not made the journey to County Durham sparked immediate rumours that United were looking to avoid cup-tying a striker whose signature is interesting a number of high-profile clubs, but Grayson was quick to quash the claims and insisted the forward would have been included had he been given an extra 24 hours to recover.
United's boss said: "He fell on his knee at the weekend and failed a fitness test (yesterday morning).
"Contrary to speculation, it wasn't anything to do with him getting cup tied. He is injured, and Luciano had a slight knock on his calf and ankle so we decided to leave him on the bench.
"Jermaine's absence was picked up on within 30 seconds of us getting to the ground, but anyone can speculate.
"I've said all along that Jemaine Beckford isn't going anywhere and he'll be here at the end of the season. He isn't leaving the club, that's for sure.
"He was sore yesterday morning but if the game had been tonight then he would have been available."

Yorkshire Evening Post 11/8/09
Enoch Showunmi prods Leeds into Carling Cup second round
By Phil Hay
Darlington 0 Leeds United 1
From the outset, a Carling Cup first-round tie involving Darlington and Leeds United had the makings of a plum draw for both participants.
At a stage of the competition where financial incentives are difficult to find and high-profile opposition is generally lacking, Leeds could not have asked for a more satisfactory fixture than that which took them to a League Two club whose footballing strategy is a secondary issue behind the matter of their very existence.
Darlington were in administration until Friday of last week, a crisis borne out by their meagre squad of only 18 players, and though a tie with Leeds was not the easiest avenue to a respectable run in the Carling Cup, it came with the promise of a reasonable crowd and priceless revenue paid as a result of Sky Sports' decision to televise the match.
United's concern in County Durham was progress to the second round, preferably inside 90 minutes. Through a goal from Enoch Showunmi, that much was achieved. For Darlington, the 1-0 defeat they suffered should be pragmatically registered as the outcome of a match which, in different circumstances, the club might not have been around to stage.

Encouraging
Simon Grayson would have appreciated smoother passage at the Darlington Arena, where his side's performance erred on the side of forgettable until Showunmi scored the game's only goal nine minutes into the second half. United's victory was a case of substance over style on an evening of no frills and no little mediocrity.
Leeds toiled before half-time without encouraging Darlington to envisage an upset, and it took Showunmi's close-range toe-poke to give Grayson's players the imagination to properly express themselves. It was, in the end, a simple matter of qualification.
Darlington's close-season did little to support their own prospects, or to support their season in general, and the club's manager, Colin Todd, must have looked on enviously at Grayson's squad which, while undeniably below full strength, was far removed from the makeshift pool that Todd has patiently drawn together. The odds were heaped against Darlington, and the house duly won.
Despite that, Grayson's build-up was not exactly perfect. It was established on Saturday that United's boss would be without three of the defenders selected against Exeter City, but a knee injury subsequently accounted for Jermaine Beckford who failed a fitness test on the morning of the game.
Beckford's omission – an inevitable prompt for speculative transfer talk – weakened Leeds' attack, though not so much that Grayson was dissuaded from naming Luciano Becchio on the bench, favouring instead the largely unproven partnership of Showunmi and Mike Grella. Grayson had taken only one previous opportunity to view that combination during last month's pre-season friendly at Burnley, and it took a some time to click last night. For most of a sub-standard first half, the two forwards made hard work of making Darlington sweat.
United saw enough possession to properly examine their opposition, but an initial half-hour of disjointed football was characterised by their failure to ask questions of 22-year-old goalkeeper David Knight and a general misunderstanding between Grayson's midfield and his two strikers.
Knight was untroubled until the 28th minute when a Robert Snodgrass corner dropped to Michael Doyle at the edge of Darlington's box. Doyle, United's loanee from Coventry City, struck the ball with a fierce volley, forcing Knight to spill his shot, but Showunmi and Bradley Johnson failed to divert the bouncing ball into the net.
Otherwise, half-chances for Snodgrass and Paul Huntington were all that Grayson had to ponder – Huntington's header from Johnson's corner was a better opportunity than it seemed, though one which came at the centre-back quickly – but consolation was found in the absence of many problems at the other end of the field.
A misguided header from Lee Thorpe was all that Darlington's commendable energy could muster until Thorpe broke away from United's defence 10 minutes before half-time, playing in Jamie Chandler for a shot which bounced against Huntington's legs before it could reach Shane Higgs.
All the same, the half-time whistle instilled the feeling that the tie had suffered from a painfully false start.
Much of Leeds' possession before the interval had flown through Johnson on the left wing, but their inability to pick open Darlington's defence called for a change of strategy. Grayson stopped short of pulling players from the fray but might well have been tempted.
That clemency appeared to register with his players, who took a tighter grasp on the early minutes of the second half than they had on any stage of the first, improved by Snodgrass' drift away from the confines of the right wing. Johnson could not have asked for a better chance than that presented to him by Grella, whose skill tied the right side of Darlington's defence in knots, but Johnson's shot from inside the box shook the crossbar. Howson met the rebound with a low shot which Knight stopped well at the base of his right-hand post.
That narrow escape in the 51st minute was a to prove a worthless reprieve for Darlington. Three minutes later, Grella cut into more space in front of Knight and slipped the ball out wide to Snodgrass, whose delicate cross was met by a glancing toe-poke from Showunmi. Knight's decision to commit himself to the delivery left his net vacant as the ball bounced over the line. The goal was a landmark for Showunmi, whose previous strike in a competitive came before the health problems that gripped him last season, but he was on the periphery of much of the match and is still to prove himself as a water-tight replacement for either Beckford or Becchio.
Showunmi was teed up perfectly by Howson in the 65th minute but skewed a horrible finish wide of Knight's net, his last act before Grayson called upon Becchio to replace him.United's manager carried a more relaxed air by then, confident that his opposite number lacked the tools to dismantle his team's slender lead.
Todd's final ploy was to introduce an ageing Dean Windass, one of the few recognisable faces on his bench, and the striker's presence inside the six-yard box as Gary Smith's injury-time corner flashed across goal might easily have provided his moment of glory against a club he was linked with persistently last season.
Darlington, it seems, are not quite ready for fairytales.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Leedsunited.com 8/8/09
BOSS - I'LL TAKE ANOTHER 45 OF THEM!
Grayson's verdict on Exeter victory...

United boss Simon Graysonwas delighted to get off to a winning start against Exeter City at Elland Road on the opening day of the season.
Two Jermaine Beckford goals secured victory in front of an Elland Road crowd of almost 28,000 as the season started on the right note.
United had dominated the opening half-hour, but Exeter battled gamely and despite having a man sent-off following an off-the-ball incident involving Micky Doyle, the visitors made for a tense finale after equalising on 72 minutes.
But Beckford bagged a winner moments before the whistle and the boss was pleased with the final outcome.
"If we finish the next 45 games with the same result I'll be more than happy," said the United manager.
"Everyone wanted to make a positive start and that's what we did.
"We could have won the game by half-time. We created some good chances and had a good tempo, and could have put it to bed before they equalised.
"There were little things we could have improved on. Whether you win or lose you look for little things that you can work on and it's better doing that after you've won rather than lost. It's a good start for us.
"Exeter knew we would come out shaprish and we did. We also knew they would get possession of the ball, but we dug in there and got the result we wanted.
"It's all about the result. If we play poorly every week and win, I'll take it, but there'll be times when we play well and don't get what we deserve.
"Overall it was good in certain apsects and disappointing in others, but a win's a win."
The United boss was full of praise for Beckford's goalscoring instincts once again, and was also delighted with his four debut men.
"I thought they all did well," added the boss.
"Jason Crowe did well, Shane Higgs did what he had to do, Michael Doyle was the competitive lad we knew he would be in the middle of the park, and Paddy Kisnorbo had 10 or 15 stitches in his head so that says it all about his inovolvement!"

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Times 8/8/09
Jermaine Beckford strikes twice to earn Leeds win
Leeds United 2 Exeter City 1
Richard Rae
HAVING sold their most promising player, Fabian Delph, Leeds United know they must hang on to their most potent, Jermaine Beckford, if they are to justify their pre-season status as favourites for automatic promotion. The tall striker, who struck 27 times in 27 starts last season, continued where he left off by notching both goals in an unexpectedly hard-fought victory.
Beckford could have had a hat-trick before he opened the scoring in the 13th minute, the most culpable miss coming after just four minutes when he side-footed straight at Exeter goalkeeper Paul Jones from six yards. He made up for it when he took advantage of Ben Parker’s fine run and pass to beat Jones as the goalkeeper came out to narrow the angle.
Exeter, without either of their first choice strikers, began to feel their way into the game, and Barry Corr should have tested United goalkeeper Shane Higgs with a volley in the 22nd minute. Moments later Beckford headed on to the bar, with Jones beaten.
Corr’s sending off on the hour made life even more difficult for the visitors, but Paul Tisdale’s team showed why they had won successive promotions by reorganising and battling superbly, and got the reward their endeavour deserved when Alex Russell’s fine curling shot, after a well-worked free-kick routine, gave Higgs no chance. It looked like being enough to secure a point until Beckford rose above the City defence to head Jason Crowe’s cross past Jones three minutes from time.
"People can bid what they want for Jermaine, we're not going to accept anything," said Leeds manager Simon Grayson. Beckford is out of contract at the end of the season.
Star man: Beckford (Leeds)
Booked: Leeds: Showunmi.Exeter: Edwards, Golbourne, Harley. Sent off: Corr.
Leeds United (4-4-2): Higgs 6; Crowe 6, Kisnorbo 7, Marques 7, Parker 7 (Hughes 28, 7); Snodgrass 7, Doyle 6, Howson 6, Johnson 6 (Robinson 73); Beckford 8, Becchio 6 (Showunmi 83).
Exeter City (4-5-1): Jones 6; Duffy 6, Taylor 6, Seabourne 6, Golbourne 6; Harley 5, Russell 7, Cork 6 (Sercombe 90), Edwards 5 (McAllister 60, 5), Stewart 5 (Norwood 69); Corr 4.


Yorkshire Evening Post 8/8/09
Jermaine Beckford snatches victory against Exeter
By Phil Hay
Leeds United 2 Exeter City 1
Jermaine Beckford salvaged a victory for Leeds United on the first day of the season with an 88th-minute strike at Elland Road.
The forward converted a close-range header to give Leeds a winning start to the League One term after Exeter City had fought back from a goal down.
Ten-man City were on course for a share of the points after Alex Russell’s second half finish cancelled out an earlier Beckford goal, but United's late surge told on the visiting defence.
Exeter came under heavy pressure in the first half, and Beckford and Luciano Becchio came close to opening the scoring inside the first 10 minutes.
Beckford produced another two goalbound efforts, one saved by goalkeeper Paul Jones and the other deflected wide by the head of a defender, but he opened the scoring with a cool finish on 14 minutes when Ben Parker found him at the end of a long run.
Exeter's crossbar was then rattled by a Beckford header, and the visitors were limited to one serious chance before the break, wasted by Barry Corr's rash finish.
City's attempt to fight back appeared to have been wrecked when Corr was shown a straight red card, apparently for dissent, on 59 minutes, but Alex Russell silenced Elland Road by equalising with a curling shot from outside the box in the 73rd minute.
United threw men forward desperately in response and Beckford snatched a winner when he connected with Jason Crowe's cross.
Leedsunited.com 7/8/09
SNODGRASS SIGNS NEW LONG-TERM DEAL

Robert Snodgrass has signed a new long-term contract with Leeds United.
The Scot, who had two years of his previous deal remaining, has signed a new four-year contract with the club ahead of the start of the new campaign.
The new deal secures Snoddy's Elland Road future until 2013, and last season's Regional Members Clubs Player of the Year was delighted.
"I am delighted to get it done," said Robert.
"I had no worries because I had two years left and was happy here, but it's great to sign a new contract.
"It's been great since I came down here last summer and I really love the club. From the fans to the back-room staff and the other players, it's a great place to be and hopefully I can repay the faith that's been shown in me."
Promotion is naturally the aim for Snoddy and his team-mates when the new season gets underway against Exeter City at Elland Road on Saturday.
"We've all been looking forward to Saturday," said the 21-year-old.
"We've had enough of being in this division and we're all pulling together and heading in the right direction. The main aim this season is promotion.
"It's not just for us as a team, but for the fans as well. When you hear that there will be 25,000 plus at Elland Road on Saturday it shows the support we have.
"The fans are magnificent, they deserve promotion, and that's what we want to achieve."

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 6/8/09
Robins eye Tres deal
By Phil Hay
Charlton Athletic hope to take Tresor Kandol off Leeds United's hands before the transfer window closes by finalising a permanent deal to sign the striker.
The London club are aiming to take Kandol back to The Valley after recruiting him on loan from Elland Road for the second half of last season. Kandol scored twice in 13 appearances for Charlton, who finished bottom of the Championship and were relegated in May, and United are willing to listen to approaches for a player who played little part in their pre-season campaign.
The Congolese international started Leeds' friendly at Wealdstone on July 21, scoring in a 2-1 defeat, but the outing was his only appearance of the summer and he was left out of the club's two-match tour of Ireland.
His lack of activity suggests he remains on the very fringes of manager Simon Grayson's plans, and he is not expected to figure in the squad named against Exeter City on Saturday.
Charlton are looking to re-sign Kandol, who is midway through a long-term contract at Elland Road, but a deal is unlikely to be secured until takeover talks at The Valley have been completed.
Charlton's board have been in negotiations with prospective new owners for some time but an agreement has not yet been reached, and the impasse is affecting the club's transfer dealings.
Championship side Barnsley have been attempting to sign former Leeds striker Andy Gray but claimed over the weekend that they had been unable to conclude a deal because of the delay in the sale of Charlton.
A statement released last week by Charlton's directors read: "The sale of a football club is an extremely complex process, and that is why we have been unable to give any concrete timelines as to a possible completion of such a sale."
Kandol has not been involved with the first team at Elland Road since the 2008 League One play-off final, when he appeared as a substitute, and Leeds were happy to loan him out for the whole of last season.
He joined Millwall for the first half of the term, playing 22 times and scoring eight goals, and then moved to Charlton in January after Millwall opted against extending his temporary deal.
Despite his lack of involvement with Leeds, Kandol is tied to a lengthy deal which does not expire until the summer of 2011.
He secured a long-term contract while Dennis Wise was manager of United in 2007 but neither Gary McAllister nor present boss Simon Grayson have used him regularly.
Grayson has at least four other strikers ahead of Kandol in the selection order at Elland Road, and he made an unsuccessful attempt to sign forward Warren Feeney from Cardiff City last month. The deal for Feeney fell through after the Northern Ireland international failed a medical.
Charlton manager Phil Parkinson made his feelings about Kandol clear in April, saying: "I'd love to sign him permanently. He's been excellent and I think he'll get better as well."

BBC 6/8/09
Midfielder Doyle loaned to Leeds
Leeds United have signed Michael Doyle on a season-long loan from Coventry.
The 28-year-old midfielder scored three goals for Coventry last season and fills the hole left at Leeds after the exit of Fabian Delph to Aston Villa.
The former Celtic trainee has one international cap for the Republic of Ireland and joined Coventry in 2003.
City boss Chris Coleman told the club's website: "We talked to Michael last season and said that maybe it was time for a change for both parties."
Coleman added: "I explained to Michael that he wasn't going to figure as much as last season if we got the targets we wanted.
"He has two years left on his contract and he wants to play, which we can understand, and when the Leeds proposition came about he felt it was good for him and we felt it was good for us."
Meanwhile Leeds boss Simon Grayson has confirmed that they are closing in on another signing.
The BBC understands that both Leeds and Barnsley have had bids accepted for Liverpool winger Adam Hammill.
The 21-year-old played under Grayson during a loan spell at Blackpool in 2008.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Leedsunited.com 4/8/09
CHAIRMAN ON DELPH DEAL
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has revealed that the club rejected an approach from Manchester City for Fabian Delph before finalising a deal with Aston Villa.
The club announced on Monday afternoon that a deal had been agreed with the Premiership club for the 19-year-old midfielder.
"It's a good deal from the point of view that Fabian had made it clear he wanted to play Premiership football," the chairman told Yorkshire Radio.
"He was keen to go and we felt it was right to let him go providing we got the right figure. When we got the matter agreed we moved quickly.
"We had accepted an offer from Manchester City on Saturday which they had to go back with to the owner in the Gulf. Then apparently they needed a week to think about it which surprised us, considering the size of the deal.
"The problem was, that with a week, they might have come back and said 'no' and that wouldn't have been fair to Delph, wouldn't have been fair to Aston Villa, and would have eaten into our season.
"We went back to Villa, and it's a good decision for Leeds and the player.
"Martin O'Neill has a good record of bringing through young players. He believes in youth and hopefully Fab will get his chance sooner rather than later there."
The fee is already the subject of much speculation in the media, and the chairman said: "We get a fee - some of which has to go to Bradford City as part of a sell-on - and there's contingency built-in, subject to Villa's performances.
"It's a substantial fee, it's a good one for a 19-year-old, and in the event that Simon wants to strengthen he can do so.
"I have told Simon there is money available, but he turned around with the most honest answer I've heard from a football manager in 20-odd years and said 'I'm not going to let it burn a hole in my pocket, but it's nice to know it's there if I need it.'
"That's how he intends to use it! He acts in a very responsible manner which contributes to the club's stability.
"He does have someone he is close to bringing in and as soon as he does we will announce it."

Saturday, August 01, 2009

IT'S TWO EASY FOR LEEDS AT BURNLEY
31 Jul 2009
United end pre-season with Premiership scalp...
BURNLEY 1 (Edgar 76), UNITED 2 (Grella 37, Robinson 70)
Burnley: Jensen, Mears (Eckersley 46), Carlisle (Edgar 71), Caldwell, Kalvenes (Jordan 55), Alexander (McDonald 71), Elliott, McCann (Gudjonsson 71), Eagles, Fletcher (Rodriguez 71), Blake (Thompson 55). Subs: Penny, Easton.
United: Ankergren, Crowe (Snodgrass 63), Marques (Michalik 46), Kisnorbo (Huntington 63), Parker (White 75), Hughes, Howson, Prutton, Johnson (Robinson 63), Showunmi (Sheehan 80), Grella. Sub (not used): Higgs.
Referee: G Laws
Att: 7,899

Simon Grayson re-shuffled his starting line-up for the final pre-season game of the summer against Premiership newcomers Burnley.
Luciano Becchio and Fabian Delph both missed out after picking up knocks in training on Friday, Mike Grella and David Prutton coming in, Casper Ankergren came in for Shane Higgs in goal, andAndrew Hughes was handed an opportunity on the right side of midfield.
Grayson was also forced into making a late change, with Enoch Showunmi, originally named as a sub, replacing Beckford in the starting line-up.
Burnley included three former Leeds players in their starting line-up with Steve Caldwell, Clarke Carlisle, and Robbie Blake all preparing for life in the top-flight.
But it was Leeds, maintaining the positive pre-season form, who carved out two chances inside the opening six minutes. First Grella narrowly failed to convert a Ben Parker cross and, moments later, Jonny Howson stabbed a shot wide of the mark after finding space to meet a cross from the right.
When Burnley threatened early doors, United defended well to clear the danger, but it wasn't the most entertaining of openings with little to excite either set of fans during the first 20 minutes.
There was another injury scare for Leeds after 24 minutes when Jason Crowe was the victim of a hefty challenge from Carlisle, but the defender returned after a lengthy spell of treatment.
And it was from the subsequent free-kick that United came within a whisker of taking the lead, Bradley Johnson's free-kick crashing against the upright before bouncing to safety.
Moments later, Johnson and Grella linked up well together, but the striker curled his shot past Burnley keeper Brian Jensen and past the post.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, Leeds had another gilt-edged chance to take the lead. Hughes crossed from the right, but Showunmi failed to profit when his close range finish was wide of the mark.
Johnson was next to go close for United when he shaved the post with a right-footed effort after cutting in from the left.
The opening goal did go to Leeds, though, and it deservedly fell to Grella. The American has worked his socks off in pre-season and when Burnley defender Caldwell slipped, Grella seized to pick his spot before lashing the ball beyond the reach of Jensen for his first senior goal for the club.
The goal was no less than United deserved and for the second week in succession, Grayson's men had totally outplayed Premier League opposition during the opening period of the game, creating the better chances, and looking the more inventive of the two sides.
Burnley did create their best chance during the final moments of the half when Chris Eagles ghosted in at the far post, but fired wide.
The home side also had the first shot on goal in the second half when Blake curled a free-kick into the arms of the previously untroubled Ankergren.
United continued to play the better football and after fashioning out one half-chance for Showunmi, Hughes was denied by an offside flag after more good play. Burnley were opened up again on the hour, but Crowe narrowly failed to connect with a Prutton cross.
On 63 minutes, Grayson made three changes with Paul Huntington, Robert Snodgrass, and Andy Robinson all joining the fray.
Both Snodgrass and Robinson were involved immediately when some intricate play in and around the Burnley box ended with Grella drilling a shot across the face of goal.
There was no mistake on 70 minutes, though, when Robinson finished off more excellent play by hammering home from just inside the box, leaving Jensen with no chance.
The goal was the cue for the home side to make wholesale changes, and it was one of those subs, Kevin McDonald who fired wide within seconds of his arrival.
It was looking rather too easy for Leeds, but the home side did pull a goal back in the 76th minute. Aidy White was harshly adjudged to have conceded a corner and, unsually, United were all at sea when the ball was pinged in low at the second attempt and David Edgar converted from close range.
United did almost grab a third, though. Robinson was first denied by an offside flag, and then on 83 minutes, his shot on the turn was wide.
But there were further no goals as the curtain came down on United's pre-season with both a Premiership scalp and another confidence boosting performance.
The next action facing Grayson's men is the League One opener against Exeter City at Elland Road on Saturday August 8.