Well there's a turn up for the books. Leeds were rumoured to be trying to sign Scott Wootton on loan but instead have landed the Champions League defender on a three year deal. And there we were thinking GFH Capital were in the game of asset stripping.
If we ignore the fact that Wootton featured in a 5-4 defeat against Chelsea, conceding a penalty into the bargain, this looks like an exciting signing - for the future. And thinking about it, conceding five against Chelsea in the Cup is something Leeds know all about!
However, given Leeds are playing in the here and now, this seems a slightly odd signing. Leeds already have the highly promising Lees and Sam Byram in the back four, so do they really need a promising kid low on first team experience?
Manchester United clearly don't fancy the boy, otherwise a loan deal would have suited them better; and the Mancs don't make many mistakes when they let players go - albeit West Ham are hoping they have captured an unpolished gem in the form of Ravel Morrison.
And talking West Ham, what do the Hammers and promoted Hull City have in common? Answer, one Abdoulaye Faye, who was at the heart of the defence when both clubs were promoted from the Championship. Faye is now 35 years old so was 33 when promoted with West Ham and 34 last season with Hull. Now Leeds are chock full of old codgers as we know, but there are two positions perfectly suited to a gnarled old pro - goal keeper and centre half.
It's true that Warnock is no spring chicken, but he will have his work cut out marshalling a defence with three promising kids in it. Old Big Gob slammed Lees after a "schoolboy" error last season, and was only marginally more forgiving when Byram made a big boob. The Reverend McDermott may be a little more forgiving, but it is hard to imagine a defence full of choir boys succeeding in the rough and tumble Championship.
But hang on, what am I saying? Who says Wootton has been signed to play alongside Lees and Byram? Maybe one is about to leave!