Leeds join Miller hunt

By Derek DavisChief Football WriterEXCLUSIVELEEDS United are looking to lure Tommy Miller to Elland Road but are likely to lose out to Sunderland.

By Derek Davis

Chief Football Writer


LEEDS United are looking to lure Tommy Miller to Elland Road but are likely to lose out to Sunderland.

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The Ipswich Town midfielder is understood to have already held preliminary talks with Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell, who last year took Jermaine Wright from Ipswich on a free transfer.

Miller netted 15 goals from midfield last season and is available for nothing, making him an attractive proposition to a number of Premiership clubs.

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The 26-year-old is due to get married on Saturday week and is understood to want to decide his future before going on honeymoon and is expected to reject the two-year deal offered by Ipswich.

The EADT revealed earlier this week that Sunderland were keen to sign the Easington-born former Hartlepool player, who Derby County manager George Burley would also love to have in his team again.

The Black Cats were alerted to Miller's availability in December when he told the EADT he was looking for an early offer from Ipswich and did not want protracted contract negotiations.

Miller said last night: “I have not decided on my future as yet. I'm waiting to get a contract offer from Ipswich in writing which should arrive within the next day or two.

“I have had four great years at Ipswich and ideally I would love to stay here.

“But if the offer from Sunderland is genuine and something was to come of that then obviously being from that area I would sit down and talk with them.

“But it is not about money, it is about what is best for my future.

“I have not had talks with anybody as yet.”

Miller is one of four out-of-contract Town players who have been offered a new deal by manager Joe Royle, who yesterday thanked Drissa Diallo for his two-year's service but said he would not be needed next season.

Jim Magilton (36) and Fabian Wilnis (34) have both been offered one-year deals, with the Dutchman likely to accept once he has discussed the details with his agent and family.

Blues skipper Magilton is also pondering his future but will not be rushed into making a decision and last night confirmed he would not be giving Royle an answer until he came back from a two-week holiday.

Shefki Kuqi is away with Finland on World Cup duty but is considering a new offer from Town who are looking for an early answer but he may take time to mull over other offers expected from Premiership clubs.

Sunderland, Bolton and Birmingham have all been linked with the Kosovan.

Royle was also hoping to speak to Pablo Counago in Spain last night to offer him considerably reduced terms compared to his £12,000 a week contact that expires at the end of June.

Counago always insisted he was left out of Royle's side for non-footballing reasons last season and will look to see what else is on offer before giving Town an answer.

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