Venables in cash warning
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Yorkshiremen have despatched Lee Bowyer to West Ham and Olivier Dacourt to Roma, but may need to cut their squad further if Venables is to be allowed to bring reinforcements to the club.
The economic reality of the situation is not lost on the charismatic former England coach, despite increased speculation that Brazilian international Kleberson could be heading for Leeds.
Argentinian defender Gabriel Milito and Roma midfielder Josep Guardiola are also on Venables's hit-list.
"We are in a very, very difficult financial situation and the club sees that as a priority," he revealed.
"People talk about the Champions League but we've put more money in (by selling players) than we would have got in the Champions League.
"But it's still difficult.
"There are two parts of the club. The shareholders, who care about the figures, and the supporters, who care about the quality of the team."
Kleberson, meanwhile, is back in training with Atletico PR, waiting for a long-awaited winter move.
"I came back to train to regain my fitness to be ready for a possible transfer," he claimed, after going missing from Paranaense.
Atletico's debts means they want to finalise a deal before the player's rights gets transferred away from them by the courts, but Leeds and Celtic, another of the interested parties, are not in a position to pay around é¼8 million for his signature.
Roma, another of Kleberson's suitors, have signed Olivier Dacourt so presumably they will not be in the market this month for the World Cup star.