Summer transfer window: Leeds United, Hull City and Sheffield United watch the numbers as Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City make early inroads

THE SUMMER transfer window officially opens for business today and it is fair to say that Yorkshire’s Championship quintet have largely kept their powder dry thus far.

Whereas there have been a regular stream of signing announcements, by contrast, at the county’s League One and League Two contingent already, those above are forced to be circumspect.

The main incoming deal of significance so far was akin to a box-ticking one with Luke Ayling’s widely-expected permanent move from Leeds United to Middlesbrough getting the green light following his successful loan spell in the second half of 2023-24.

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Boro are set to announce themselves shortly with a £3m deal to sign USA international midfielder Aidan Morris, with the 22-year-old putting the finishing touches to his move this week after leaving his national team’s under-23s training camp.

Speculation: Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville. Picture: Getty Images.Speculation: Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville. Picture: Getty Images.
Speculation: Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville. Picture: Getty Images.

Following their play-off final loss, Leeds must - first and foremost - be mindful of the numbers in order to comply with profit and sustainability regulations with failure to promotion costing them over £130m.

Leeds have £73.6m in transfer instalments to pay by June 30 and while there will be money coming in following the sales of Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra to Bournemouth, they must – in the words of chairman Paraag Marathe - find some further ‘trade offs’ due to stringent financial rules.

It’s code for player departures. Speculation has centred on the futures of Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto, in particular, with keeping Archie Gray likely to be the biggest issue for Leeds supporters.

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Incoming arrivals are likely to have to wait until in high summer in truth, although Leeds are set to welcome one name back into the fold with midfielder Brenden Aaronson set to return to the squad next season after being loaned out to Bundesliga side Union Berlin last term.

After spending heavily since taking over at Hull City, owner Acun Ilicali recently revealed that P&S rules mean that he won’t be able to invest over £15m in squad recruitment - while also envisaging some ‘serious offers’ for some of the club’s star assets.

Funds are also likely to be tight at Sheffield United, unless takeover uncertainty finally ends with a positive conclusion this summer.

A number of senior players have left with the futures of the likes of John Egan, Oli McBurnie and Ben Osborn also shrouded in uncertainty, with Chris Wilder mindful on the target to supplement a promising crop of emerging young players with some hardened second-tier experience.

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Across the city, Sheffield Wednesday have lined up moves for Yan Valery and Max Lowe and are set to get their ball rolling shortly.

The main activity thus far has been at Rotherham United, who needed to make an early statement to start vanquishing memories of last season’s pitiful relegation - the arrival of seven new signings in May has emphatically done that.

Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City have made a clutch of early strikes before the official opening, while the return of Conor Hourihane has revived some sagging spirits at Barnsley.