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Stumbling block hinted at as Leeds look at signing



Leeds are currently after the loan signing of a Chelsea centre-back, but fear ‘Spygate’ might get in the way.

Jack Clarke-Slater, 21, is apparently wanted by Leeds after scouts attended the England Under-21’s games at the Euros, report The Sun.

With Frank Lampard widely tipped to take the Chelsea job, there are worries that the Derby manager will not have forgotten about his recent rivalry with Leeds and therefore will snub any offer.

The England U-21 captain played on loan at Vitesse last season, featuring 31 times for the Dutch side, scoring once and assisting once.

‘Spygate’ began when a member of the Leeds staff was caught spying on the opposition team at one of their training sessions before they met in March.

After numerous controversial press conferences with the pair, the song “stop crying Frank Lampard” began to be a new favourite in Leeds.

The two teams then met in the play-offs; Leeds won 1-0 in Derby and then Lampard shocked the football league by masterminding a 4-2 comeback at Elland Road which sparked joyous celebrations amongst Frank Lampard and his backroom staff.

The Verdict

Despite Derby and Leeds creating their own little rivalry last season, it would be hard to imagine Lampard completely dismiss them as a potential team for his players to go.

Leeds might struggle to get Clarke-Salter due to the inevitable competition for the player and perhaps no promises over him being a starter, with Cooper and Jansson both getting into the Championship Team of the Season last year.

Lampard’s Derby hat will be full off once he leaves and he won’t let the ‘Spygate’ dispute get in the way of a good opportunity for one of his youngsters.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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