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Man Utd consider bid for Reading’s Loader

Last Updated: 18/11/19 11:58am

Danny Loader has caught the eye for Reading this season

Danny Loader has caught the eye for Reading this season

Manchester United are one of several Premier League clubs considering a bid for Reading's talented young striker Danny Loader, Sky Sports News understands.

The 20-year-old is out of contract this summer and talks on a new deal have stalled.

The former England youth international, who made his Reading debut for Jaap Stam as a 16-year old, almost left the Madejski Stadium on deadline day last summer, only for a move to Wolves to fall through.

Speaking shortly after his move to Wolves fell through, Loader said: "Everyone knows a Premier League club tried to sign me in the transfer window, but it wasn't to be.

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"I'm very ambitious, my dream is to play on the biggest stage and you never know when these opportunities will come around again."

When does the January transfer window open?

As the January transfer window inches ever closer, clubs across the Premier League, Europe and beyond will be identifying potential transfer targets and holding discussions with clubs and agents over future deals.

At this traditionally difficult time to make big moves, the start of the new year looks set to be frantic for a host of top Premier League clubs.

Here, Sky Sports provides you with all you need to know about the 2019/20 mid-season transfer window.

Where can you follow all the latest transfer news?

As well as keeping an eye on Sky Sports News, you can make sure you don't miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

There will also be the return of the Transfer Talk Podcast and some exciting new features coming your way...

Follow all the latest developments here.

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Cardiff announce Harris as new boss

Last Updated: 16/11/19 2:07pm

Neil Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last month

Neil Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last month

Cardiff have confirmed former Millwall boss Neil Harris as their new manager, succeeding Neil Warnock.

Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last month, having guided them to a promotion and two FA Cup quarter-finals while in charge.

He was the longest-serving permanent manager in the Championship when he left the club with them 18th in the table, having taken over in March 2015.

Cardiff currently sit 14th in the Championship table, one place ahead of Harris' former side.

More to follow...

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Cardiff announce Harris as new boss

Last Updated: 16/11/19 2:07pm

Neil Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last month

Neil Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last month

Cardiff have confirmed former Millwall boss Neil Harris as their new manager, succeeding Neil Warnock.

Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last month, having guided them to a promotion and two FA Cup quarter-finals while in charge.

He was the longest-serving permanent manager in the Championship when he left the club with them 18th in the table, having taken over in March 2015.

Cardiff currently sit 14th in the Championship table, one place ahead of Harris' former side.

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Leeds DoF explains Dan James scout data

Last Updated: 15/11/19 3:21pm

1:17 Leeds' director of football Victor Orta talks to Sky Sports News about scouting Daniel James at the Wyscout forum in Amsterdam.

Leeds' director of football Victor Orta talks to Sky Sports News about scouting Daniel James at the Wyscout forum in Amsterdam.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta has revealed how data helped him pitch Daniel James as a transfer target to the board before his failed transfer from Swansea in January.

Six months before he signed for Manchester United in a £25m deal, the Wales winger was holding up a Leeds shirt for the cameras only for a move to Elland Road to break down.

What is Wyscout?

Football clubs and agents met at the annual Wyscout forum in Amsterdam this week, ready to discuss business for the January transfer window and beyond.

Although the player was clearly outstanding to the naked eye, Orta says James' limited playing time meant background data was thin, so he had to harness newly developed 'expected goals' and 'expected assists' stats, which Wyscout provides.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News at the Wyscout forum in Amsterdam this week, Orta said: "I don't tell any secrets about the Daniel James situation.

"We detected first from the human eye, about the UK recruitment about Daniel James, that he would fit with our style - and Marcelo Bielsa totally agreed.

Dan James nearly signed for Leeds halfway through his outstanding season at Swansea.

Dan James nearly signed for Leeds halfway through his outstanding season at Swansea.

"It's true that, at that moment, he had only played 14 games in the Championship and we were trying to find more accuracy. I asked for a report from a company in football analytics and in this moment Daniel James had zero goals and one or two assists.

"They made a big report about expected goals and expected assists and they predicted he would finish the season with six or seven goals and eight assists, and it was a step that (meant) I felt more comfortable making that decision.

"First was the scout - the eye - thinking this player can fit for us. But this report gave me more accuracy to propose to the board that this player can be a fit for January.

"Then in the end what happened was (the deal) not finished and Daniel James did play for Leeds United. But I always have this report as an example of a good use of data."

Dan James celebrates after giving Swansea the lead against Brentford in the FA Cup

Dan James celebrates after giving Swansea the lead against Brentford in the FA Cup

Orta and his recruitment staff were at the Wyscout event to meet other clubs and agents ahead of the January transfer window, as Leeds look to gain promotion to the Premier League this season.

Although he is open to making further additions in the New Year, the former Valencia and Middlesbrough recruitment chief warned they must be careful to make the right choices in a notoriously difficult month for good transfers.

"Always I say the same about winter," he said. "All the players available in winter have difficulties; perhaps they are not playing, perhaps they have problems with their contract, perhaps they are back from injury problems.

"We have to be really careful about the January market. I read stats that only 20 or 25 percent of the January market transfers have success.

Victor Orta is Leeds' director of football and was previously with Valencia and Middlesbrough.

Victor Orta is Leeds' director of football and was previously with Valencia and Middlesbrough.

"We need to be careful because the availability of the player and the overprice is a problem, and the financial fair play rules that are really tough in the Championship is another important question mark.

"Obviously we have the information, we are near to make the January market, but we need to be careful and take the right decision; not only bringing a player can be the right decision."

The Wyscout forum took place at Ajax's Amsterdam Arena on November 13 and 14, in which top names in player recruitment such as Wolves' John Marshall and Orta gave presentations on the modern scouting methods they use to unearth new talent.

Among the English clubs that sent officials to the event were Manchester City, Tottenham, Brighton, Wolves and Norwich.


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Barkhuizen wins Goal of the Month

Peterborough's Joe Ward wins in League One and Cambridge's Jack Roles claims League Two award

Last Updated: 15/11/19 6:31am

Preston striker Tom Barkhuizen is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for October, after receiving 48 per cent of the public vote.

Having helped his side recover from 2-0 down in a Lancashire derby against Blackburn on October 26, Barkhuizen decided to complete the comeback win in style, with a pinpoint rising, curling, angled shot at pace.

Barkhuizen said: "It's nice to get recognition personally, it was a great game to get a goal like that in and thankfully it got us the three points and, at the end of the day, that's all that matters. It is nice to get the recognition but the most important thing for me is we are second in the league, if I am doing well and contributing then it is only going to help that.

"It was a nice goal, I don't score many like that so hopefully there are more to come! It was made better by the whole day and the game, the way it panned out. We were really poor in the first half and then we came out fighting in the second half and I think that goal topped off a really good afternoon for the whole place.

"Once we got back into the game, the whole place lifted, the fans lifted and it lifted us. I think a goal like that comes from confidence of the game and it is always nice."

Barkhuizen beat off competition from Derby's Graeme Shinnie and Hull's Tom Eaves.

League One: Joe Ward - Gillingham vs PETERBOROUGH - October 19

Peterborough defender Joe Ward is the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month winner for October, after receiving 50 per cent of the public vote.

Nothing was going to stop Ward when the ball came to him as he hugged the touchline. Off he set. A jink inside, a burst of pace and a viciously dipping, swerving shot did the rest.

Ward said: "It is great to win the award. I was pleased with the goal, Knighty (Josh Knight) opened up the space for me to run forward with the ball and I just caught it really sweetly and I was pleased to see it go in.

"It was an important goal too as it helped us get three points away from home".

Ward beat off competition from Rochdale's Ian Henderson and Accrington's Joe Pritchard.

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League Two: Jack Roles - CAMBRIDGE vs Macclesfield - October 5

Cambridge United midfielder Jack Roles is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for October, after receiving 43 per cent of the public vote.

Having beaten two men on the halfway line, Roles saw his clip forward headed back into his path. No matter, as he used his momentum to drive home a grass-cutter from 30 yards

Roles, who is on loan from Tottenham, said: "It's great to receive this award but it's quite funny because a lot of people say that I'm always in the right place at the right time when I score my goals. Since I've been on loan at Cambridge United I've scored a couple a great goals.

"I tried to play a ball over the top to Paul (Lewis) and it didn't quite come off but it fell back nicely to me and I saw the 'keeper was off his line. I just thought why not try something and thankfully for me and the team I connected well with it."

Roles beat off competition from Morecambe's John O'Sullivan and Scunthorpe's James Perch.

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