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Whites hoping to keep Tonge

5 November 2012

Leeds will be looking to extend the loan agreement of Michael Tonge when it expires at the end of the year.

The 29-year-old has impressed since joining from Stoke in August, relishing being back under the wing of manager Neil Warnock, who gave him his professional football bow at Sheffield United a decade ago.

His ?3million move to Stoke failed to work out after he left the Blades with over 300 appearances to his name, and it is only at Elland Road that he has rediscovered himself after a number of fruitless loan spells.

And, according to Warnock's assistant, Mick Jones, everyone at the West Yorkshire club is keen to sign Tonge on a permanent deal.

"We'd like to extend his time here, Michael has done well," Jones said.

"He's a good player, we knew him from Sheffield United but it will rest on a few things; what Stoke want to do and money. It's well documented that we're not loaded at this time.

"But Michael is in the Championship and enjoying his football.

"The fans love him, he's a match-winner, he'd like to stay and we'd like to keep him but, at the moment, he's not our player."

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