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Leeds United Transfer Rumours: Derby County In for Warnock

In typical Leeds fashion, Leeds look like selling another captain with Stephen Warnock now attracting interest from elsewhere in the division.

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Late on Sunday evening Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds United's left-back could be heading out the door to a Championship rival. Reports now suggest that it's high-flying Derby County.

Warnock's two and a half year contract expires in the summer and the club could well sanction his release within the next 24 hours as Leeds are reported to be in advanced talks regarding his sale. The former Engalnd international is one of the club's highest earners and as we have seen in the summer transfer window the club are wanting to lower the team's wage bill.

After a bit of a slow start at Leeds, Warnock has excelled so far this season and has been one of the team's most consistent players this term. His performances in the early stages of the season convinced Neil Redferan to install him as captain, replacing Jason Pearce.

The former Liverpool and Aston villa man has missed Leeds' past two games due to an ankle injury which leaves 21-year-old Charlie Taylor as his stand in at left-back. Warnock's departure would leave Taylor as he only fit and recognised player for that position in the squad.

In October Warnock was reported to have seeked the assistance of Professional Footballer's Association amid rumours that the club's owner, Massimo Cellino, was blocking his selection from the team, which the player denied.

Regardless of his performances this season the club have failed to extend his contract and it looks likely that Warnock could be shipped out before the team's game at home against Birmingham this weekend.


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