Rumour Mill: Snodgrass is going nowhere - Grayson
Seems like Leeds manager Simon Grayson is ready to bring an end to the mini exodus at Elland Road.
Bradley Johnson's move to Norwich, confirmed on Friday, was the latest in a perhaps unwelcome series of high-profile departures –albeit the midfielder was out of contract.
Leeds have already lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to Leicester City for �1m, while midfielder Neil Kilkenny, like Johnson, rejected a new deal and will join Bristol City.
But Grayson believes that's the end – even though Robert Snodgrass, and to a lesser extent Max Gradel, has been strongly linked with the Canaries over the summer.
The Yorkshire Post claimed City had bid �3.5m bid for Snodgrass – a former team-mate of City boss Paul Lambert's and midfielder Wes Hoolahan's at Livingston – while Swansea City and relegated West Ham United are also keen.
Grayson, though, says Leeds aren't a selling club.
'Every player in the world has a price, but we don't have to sell, we are not a selling club any more,' he said. 'I have spoken to all the players where there has been speculation and they all want to stay here. I am envisaging both players (Gradel and Snodgrass) – and every other player at this football club – will be here at the start of the season. You want players to be successful and, when you have got good players, they will attract interest from other clubs. But I will reiterate that we are not a selling club. If anyone does go out, it will only be because that suits us and not other people.
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'We can fulfill their ambitions over the next few years, if they stay here. 'We know it's going to be hard to beat seventh in the league last season but, with the squad we are going to put together, we feel that will be a capable objective.'