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Leeds United head of recruitment Martyn Glover has left the club to take up a similar role with Premier League side Sunderland. Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay confirmed the news on social media earlier today.

Glover has previously worked with Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce during their time together at West Ham United. It was revealed back in October that the Stadium of Light club were looking to recruit Glover and as of yesterday, Glover is now officially employed by Sunderland AFC.

This now leaves Leeds searching for a replacement. Glover has been with Leeds over the summer and has been responsible for everything at the club surrounding scouting and recruitment. Prior to this he worked at West Ham United for three years and previously held recruitment roles at Blackburn Rovers.

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It certainly isn’t ideal timing for Leeds with the January transfer window literally just opening. Nevertheless they are bound to have already identified key transfer targets anyway, which they are still pursing.

They still hope to conclude the loan extension for Liam Bridcutt, ironically from Sunderland. There is still rumours linking Kyle Lafferty with a move to Elland Road, but the players himself spoke out on that and didn’t necessarily commit to any potential transfer. Talk arose yesterday regarding a potential swap deal with Norwich City involving Sam Byram and Lafferty, but it remains to be seen if that deal will take place.


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