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Leeds reject approaches for Delph

Fabian Delph
Delph has scored five goals for Leeds this season

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has revealed that the club have rejected approaches for highly-rated teenage midfielder Fabian Delph.

Bates claims that two Premier League clubs have enquired about Delph, 19.

He told the club website: "We don't want to sell Fabian. He's happy and we're happy Fabian stays.

"Unless something unexpected and out of the blue happens, which we can't forecast, we want him to take us back into the Premier League."

"We explained to both clubs that we don't deal in petty cash and they were Premiership clubs as well."

The chairman also reiterated that there could be more players leaving and arriving at Elland Road after the triple loan signing of Bristol City striker Lee Trundle, Ipswich Town centre-back Richard Naylor and Stoke City left-back Carl Dickinson.

"We've always said we would need to strengthen our defence in January," Bates said.

"By taking players on loan we're solving the immediate problem and it gives us time to assess their capabilities, and look at players here who may be surplus to requirements, before making any permanent decisions.

"This gives us the best of both worlds."

Meanwhile, United have released defender Mansour Assoumani, who played one game during a month-long stay at Elland Road.

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