Leeds close on Austin deal
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock is hoping to finalise the signing of Jamaica international Rodolph Austin by the early part of next week.
Last Updated: 18/07/12 9:49am
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has confirmed he is hoping to finalise the signing of Jamaica international Rodolph Austin by the early part of next week.
Warnock has been a long-term admirer of the midfielder and took Austin on trial during his time in charge of Queens Park Rangers.
Austin currently plays for SK Brann and reports last week claimed that the Norwegian club had rejected an offer for the 28-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the year.
Discussions are ongoing regarding a deal and Warnock outlined the qualities he expects Austin to add to his Leeds squad, if a transfer can be completed.
"I don't think there's anything agreed at this stage, but we're in conversations with the club," Warnock told the club's official website.
"From what I've read in the papers they want to play him next weekend, but I'm hoping we can tie a deal up and get him as soon as possible in the early part of next week.
"I like him. I had him at QPR and would have loved to have signed him then. I've kept tabs on him since then.
"He's very flexible. He's just as good at full-back or centre-back, and gives us a presence in midfield."