Ex-Wigan manager makes comment on Sunderland's Will Grigg as rivals eye transfers - gossip

All the latest gossip from around the webAll the latest gossip from around the web
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The Championship season is on ice due to the COVID-19 outbreak but there's still plenty of transfer gossip swirling around the web.

And we've got all the latest Sunday morning news and rumour - including stories from Leeds United, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and more!

Simply scroll down and click through the pages to view the latest transfer news and gossip from around the web - and don't forget to check back tomorrow for more of the same!

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Leeds United are set to sign winger Helder Costa permanently. He is currently on loan from Wolves and is valued at around £7m. (Football Insider)

A new report suggests Hopes of a return to a 22-team league 'is not considered a viable solution, according to a Premier League source'. (Football Insider)

Leeds United have been urged to consider legal action if promotion to the Premier League is denied by SC Cambuur boss Henk de Jong, who is not happy at the decision to void the season in every tier of Dutch football. (BBC 5Live)

Derby County are feeling the financial drain due to COVID-19 and are reportedly seeking an urgent agreement with their players. (The Telegraph)

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Noel Whelan has praised Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani for his work behind the scenes since completing a full takeover from Massimo Cellino in 2017. “The club is a better place with that man. He is turning it back into that family club.” (Football Insider)

Out-of-contract players are on a collision course with EFL clubs over plans to ask them to play through July without extra payment. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United have to activate the £5million option to sign Illan Meslier permanently from Lorient by a specific date. (Football Insider)

Leeds United have been backed to make a move to sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash in the next transfer window if they secure promotion to the Premier League. He was rumoured to be the subject of a £10m bid from West Ham last January. (Various)

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Leeds United will be offered the opportunity to sign Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy in the next transfer window. (Football Insider)

Sunderland and Middlesbrough-linked Marcus Maddison is facing an uncertain future – with Hull City ‘unlikely’ to make a permanent move for the forward in the summer. (Sunderland Echo)

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss is reportedly in talks with Carlos Carvalhal in talks with Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. (O Jogo)

Ex-Owls and Preston striker Neil Mellor says Alan Irvine was a big factor behind his decision to move to Hillsborough in 2010. (Various)

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Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison have been seen jogging together while following social distancing measures as they work on their fitness levels despite no date set for ending the lockdown. (Daily Mirror)

Former Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell has been speaking about ex-Latics striker Will Grigg and his lack of goals since swapping the DW for the Stadium of Light.

“When he first came, I think it was similar to when he first arrived at Sunderland - we’d paid quite a bit of money for him and he was our marquee signing, so there was a bit of pressure on him.

“He had a couple of niggly injuries which didn’t help. He hurt his wrist and had to wear a cast for a bit, which stopped him training and that probably set him back.

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“But we also struggled to work out what he needed as a striker. At first I felt maybe he needed a partner so we played him in a two.

“But the more we worked with him and got to know him and got to understand what he needed we then went to playing with a number ten who could supply him balls down the side of defenders, and two wingers who can put crosses in the box.

“Once we worked that out and understood what Will needed to show off his talents, after Christmas he was phenomenal. His goals were the difference for getting us promotion. Even before that, to be fair to him, when he wasn’t scoring goals, he was still a fantastic player for the team, always worked hard, pressed from the front and always put a shift in.

“So I can only say good things about Will and I loved working with him.”