The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By John Hodg­son

RYAN Hall is likely to be the first player to sign for Leeds in the trans­fer win­dow but boss Neil Warnock in­sists he is look­ing to the long-term as well as the short.

Hall, 24, has been on loan at Elland Road from Southend but he will make a two-anda-half year per­ma­nent move next week when the win­dow opens.

Af­ter Leeds were taken over by GFH Cap­i­tal, an in­flux of new play­ers is ex­pected but Warnock be­lieves Hall’s sign­ing demon­strates that he is not just shop­ping for short­term success.

“When we brought Ryan in I said I be­lieve he is a player with po­ten­tial for a big fu­ture,” said Warnock. “He had only played once this sea­son and his match fit­ness, and bring­ing him up to speed was the big­gest pri­or­ity.

“I’m sure dur­ing the length of his con­tract Ryan will have the op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish him­self at this high level, and you can see that from his con­tri­bu­tion at Hud­der­s­field a few weeks ago.

“It’s not just ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers we are look­ing for to add to the squad, and if we feel there are young­sters like him avail­able at the right prices we will look to the fu­ture as well.”

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TOP TIPS: Mill­wall's Liam Trot­ter (above), Will Hughes (left) Harry For­rester (above right), Britt As­som­ba­longa (top right) and Bar­tosz Bialkowski (be­low right)


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