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Cod Army swoop for Sarcevic

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Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:47:00

Leeds manager Brian McDermott is ready to wheel and deal in the transfer market this summer.

The former Reading boss is keen to lift the Elland Road giants back to the promised land of the Premier League but admits he will have to let players go if he is to bring any in.

McDermott said: "At this stage you're trying to get players in - obviously we've got Matt Smith in and another deal agreed - then we'll just see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

"The situation is that there is a possibility that we may have to do deals going the other way with players going out to bring players in. As it stands there may have to be outgoings to get players into the club."

One player who has attracted interest from other clubs is 19-year-old defender Sam Byram - reportedly a target of cash-rich Manchester City.

But McDermott said: "I've got no interest in selling Sam Byram - but we've had a little bit of interest for one or two players so we'll just have to wheel and deal. That's how it is at this moment in time

"The situation isn't what I expected but I'm at this football club and fully committed to it. I've got a lot of time for the staff and supporters and they deserve success.

"If the club get some investment over the next month then there's a possibility that we can do deals - and I know that everyone is working very hard behind the scenes to make that happen."

Tevez is set to be presented as a Juventus player on Thursday after the Italian club confirmed his arrival from Manchester City.

The 29-year-old striker has agreed a three-year deal until June 30, 2016, ending his seven-year stay in English football.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Joorabchian said: "Carlitos wanted Juventus and I'm sorry if AC Milan are angry for this.

"Anzhi wanted him too and there he would have earned much more.

"But he pointed to a club with a great history, rich traditions and of course with important ambitions and projects.

"There was also the Monaco (interest), with which we met and we talked about, but in the end Carlitos has chosen Juventus."

Tevez is expected to start pre-season training with the rest of the Juventus squad on July 12.

The Iron have already brought in five players after relegation from League One with Andy Dawson and Chris Iwelumo among the players arriving.

However, Laws' summer business is not yet complete.

"We don't have a huge squad, but we feel that it is coming together well," he told the club's official website.

"We are looking to bring a few more additions in, but that may not be until just before the season or even when the season starts.

"It could be the loan system that we use, but it depends on a few factors."

Scunthorpe's players returned for pre-season training on Thursday and start their pre-season programme against non-league Brigg Town on July 6.

Laws added: "We are going to make sure all the players are monitored and how many minutes they play.

"It's important that come the end of the six weeks, all of the players have had a couple of 90 minutes, it's important to do that and there are enough games to do that."

The Scottish centre-back joined North End in January 2012 but has struggled for first-team opportunities, making just 16 league starts last term.

The club's official website read: "Preston North End would like to wish Chris all the best in his future career."

The 21-year-old was released by Manchester City during his younger days before finding his way to Crewe and then Chester, whom he helped secure promotion to the top-flight of non-league football last season.

And he is looking forward to proving himself in the Football League at Highbury.

Sarcevic told the club's official website: "The whole place, the stadium, everyone I have met up to now have been welcoming and just looking around the place, this is exactly why I have come to Fleetwood Town and I am loving it up to now.

"I am an all-round midfielder, I love to get on the scoresheet but I do enjoy both sides of the game and if I do get my opportunities, just know that I will put everything into a Fleetwood shirt like I did at Chester, like I do with any club and you will be able to see a few goals from a midfielder.

"I scored 17 in total, which was a great record, and hopefully I can bring that into this squad."

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