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Warnock eyeing more additions

11 January 2013

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has made enquiries about "seven or eight" new players during the January transfer window.

Warnock, who has completed the permanent signing of Michael Tonge from Stoke and drafted in Everton teenager Ross Barkley on loan in time for Saturday's derby clash at Barnsley, is hoping to strengthen his squad for a concerted promotion push during the second half of the season.

The club's new owners GFH Capital confirmed money would be made available for new players this month when they completed their takeover just before Christmas and Warnock will meet with chief executive Shaun Harvey on Friday to further discuss his recruitment strategy.

Warnock said: "The squad itself is in tip-top shape, we just need that little bit which we're looking for, to bring in to give us more strength from the bench and a bit more positivity from the side areas.

"But it's a nightmare for managers this transfer window really because I've already spoken about seven or eight players and they're not for sale, no matter what the agents told me, that they were all available.

"They tell you he's available and he'll cost you this, but when I speak to the managers I find out none of them are available. So that shows you how difficult it is. That's seven or eight players on my list and not one of them is available, they're not going to let any of them go."

Warnock is also hoping to move several first-team squad members out of Elland Road in a bid to boost his transfer options.

Striker Andy Gray completed a permanent move to West Yorkshire neighbours Bradford on Wednesday following his release from Leeds, while central defender Patrick Kisnorbo joined Ipswich on loan for an initial month last week.

Defender Paul Connolly and versatile left-sided player Danny Pugh are among those who could be next to find new clubs.

Warnock said: "We've had a couple of enquiries for Connolly and one or two of the younger lads, but there's not an awful lot left unless somebody comes in for the fringe players."

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