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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Leeds reject Royals Kilgallon bid
Leeds defender Matthew Kilgallon
Kilgallon is rated as Leeds' most-prized assets
Leeds chairman Ken Bates revealed the club has rejected an offer in excess of 1m from Reading for highly-rated defender Matthew Kilgallon.

The 22-year-old former trainee has attracted interest from a number of clubs but will not be allowed to leave.

"We actually turned down an offer for more than 1m from Reading for him so he's going nowhere," Bates told Yorkshire Radio.

"If he continues to develop, I see him as a natural successor to John Terry."

Leeds have only collected four points from as many Championship matches but Bates also rejected speculation the club is lining up a replacement for manager Kevin Blackwell.

"I saw another story carrying a report that we had Glenn Hoddle lined up as well," said Bates. "That was a load of nonsense and so is this."

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