Joey Barton has responded to Neil Redfearn's claims that he was close to signing for Leeds United , saying he couldn't justify the 'nonsense' surrounding Massimo Cellino's ownership of the club.
The midfielder, who joined Burnley, said Redfearn had never spoken to him, while off-field issues meant that he would not have chosen to move to Elland Road.
He said: "Not calling Neil a liar but he never spoke directly to me. Or anyone close to me to the best of my knowledge.
“Leeds is a huge club and of course if they had stability off the field, it could have been of interest last year. But with current issues away from the field, I couldn't afford to join a club and waste energy on nonsense.
“Wish Leeds Utd and Neil all the best in the future. Hope that clears it up.”
Dean Holdsworth is on the verge of a takeover at Bolton Wanderers.
The former Wanderers strikers and his Sports Shield group will complete the deal in the next few days - according to the Bolton News.
Sports Shield have been given short-term exclusivity, meaning they have sole rights to examine financial data and complete contractual formalities within a given period
Middlesbrough have been d ealt a blow in their reported pursuit of Premier League winger Jefferson Montero.
The Ecuadorian, currently with Swansea, is struggling for game time in South Wales and had been linked with a loan move to the Riverside.
However, the Swans are apparently uninterested in losing him as they battle against relegation.
Manchester United are unlikely to recall James Wilson from his loan at Brighton - according to the Daily Mail.
There was bad news for Louis van Gaal on Wednesday with Wayne Rooney ruled out with a knee injury for up to two months.
However, the United boss has revealed that he intends to stick with Anthony Martial, Will Keane and Memphis for a crucial six week period rather than bring back Wilson.
The defender, who left Craven Cottage in 2014 when the Whites were relegated, joined Derby County last summer and has made 16 appearances.
Currently under a transfer embargo, Fulham were only able to bring in loan players in January.
Elsewhere, Rotherham have taken Lloyd Doyley on trial.
The defender has been a free agent since departing Watford last summer, and played the full match for the Millers' reserve outing against Scunthorpe yesterday.
Neil Warnock will now decide whether to offer Doyley, who made more than 450 appearances for Watford, a short term deal.
Alejandro Faurlin has declared that he needs to repay QPR 's faith in him before being worthy of a new contract.
The Argentine joined the Rs in 2009 and is the longest serving player, but a hattrick of cruciate ligament injuries have threatened his career, and he has made just 32 appearances since 2013.
He told GetWestLondon : “I’ve already played 20 games this season so this is going well. I am where I wanted to be, playing football showing that I’m all right; I enjoy it.
“I need to get a certain amount of games and the club have the option [to extend]. The club has been great with me and I haven't played really, so I want to prove that I can repay some of that confidence. The rest will take care of itself”.
Ian Holloway has predicted a four-way battle between Derby County, Ipswich Town, Birmingham City and Cardiff for the final play-off spot.
The former Blackpool boss only predicted a top six finish for Boro, compared with top two for Hull City.
Holloway said: “I am confident putting Hull, Burnley, Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough in the top five. I think Hull will get in the top two, Burnley could easily do it, Boro can't score at the moment but they will be one of the top six.
"Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton will be in there and won't blow up, then you are talking Derby, Birmingham, Ipswich or Cardiff in a scrap for the last place.”
Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Lambert has revealed that he offered to resign from Aston Villa months before being sacked.
Now at the helm of Rovers, he told the Express that he offered to walk at the end of his second season after being frustrated in the transfer market.
Said Lambert: "I offered to resign at the end of my second season at Villa Park," he said. "I knew I wasn't going to get money to spend so I thought, 'ok, let me resign then'.
"Randy Lerner said, 'No.' He wouldn't accept it.
"I knew that the club needed big players to come in and we couldn't go and get them."