Reid promises a summer of wheeling & dealing

Last updated : 10 May 2003 By FootyMAD
One of Reids first tasks will be to try and convince Australian international Harry Kewell to sign an extension on his contract which expires at the end of the 2003-4 season.

"I will be delighted if Harry puts pen to paper for this football club because he is a quality player," said Reid.

"It's a question we will sit down and ask Harry about and hopefully it will be a positive answer.

And, despite Leeds' spiralling financial debts, Reid has been assured he does not need to sell any of his top name players this summer to ease the club's cash crisis.

"I fully expect there will be some wheeling and dealing, but when you start off from a base like that it does help.

"It's going to be a busy summer because there will be players coming and going. If I can get some quality players in to strengthen the squad then I'll be really pleased.

"I need to strengthen it and make us a side that is very difficult to beat and try and get us up the other end of the table where Leeds deserve to be.

"But it's difficult to judge the transfer market. It's not awash with hard cash, so it will take a lot of wheeling and dealing.

"I'll be involved in that because there are certain players I've taken a fancy to and certain players will be moving on. That's the nature of any football club.

"But I'm like any other manager, I'm not going into the market place and telling people what I have and haven't got to spend.

"We've some really good players here, though, and hopefully we can get some more good ones in."