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Championship Sides Are Interested In A Loan Move For Real Madrid Youngster Martin Odegaard

 Martin Odegaard

Norwegian midfielder, Martin Odegaard is looking for a loan move after one first team spell at his parent club, Real Madrid. The high profile youngster just signed a contract with the Spanish giants worth £2.3 million. Odegaard drew serious attention last season with remarkable forms for both the Norwegian national team and his former club, Stromsgodset.

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With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at the attacking midfield position, Odegaard has only seen playing time once in the Champions League when he came on to replace the former Ballon d’Or winner. Odegaard has seemed to grow frustrated with playing for Real Madrid’s B team (Real Castilla) on a permanent basis and has complained that the opposition isn’t strong enough.

The 16-year-old has drawn immediate attention from Championship teams when he claimed that he wants to leave Spain on a short-term loan deal to further his football knowledge. While it is unconfirmed which Championship sides have a reported interest in signing the youngster, clubs such as Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Ipswich Town and Wolves are among the sides to be rumored in wanting to escort the midfielder to England.

Real Madrid seem to be brushing off the rumor mill in its early stages. They would prefer he stays with the B side, or moves on a short loan deal to another Spanish side, such as Getafe. Odegaard is expected to make at least one other appearance for he senior Real Madrid side before the transfer month in January. It is assumed his next appearance will take place in the first round of the Copa del Rey against Segunda Division B side, Cadiz. While it isn’t the ideal opponent to showcase his skill with the first side, Odegaard should relish the opportunity if he wants to grow his market and heighten his demand when the transfer market opens in January.


More Woes For Leeds, GK Turnbull Out With Broken Ankle

Less than one month after Executive Director, Adam Pearson announced his shocking resignation from Leeds United, the woes have continued for the West Yorkshire club, this time, in the form of an injury. Backup goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has broken his ankle and undergone surgery for repairs.

Turnbull was in training at Thorp Arch last week for a friendly match and is set to be out for almost the rest of the campaign. The 30 year old joined Leeds after a spell with Barnsley and has been a backup to the experienced Marco Silvestri. However, with their poor form (16th in the league), supporters and even some coaches would have liked to see what Turnbull can do for the club throughout the remainder of the season. Turnbull’s only appearance so far for the Whites was in a Capital One Cup match in which United lost to Turnbull’s former club, Doncaster.

Since his surgery, it has been pointed out that Turnbull will be out “long term” but an exact timetable of his return has yet to be determined. As for Leeds boss, Uwe Rösler, he will have decisions to make as to what to do for a backup keeper. At present, the side has starting keeper Silvestri and youngster Charlie Horton, who arrived this summer from Cardiff City. Rösler needs to make a decision on whether or not to find a third (more experienced) keeper through free agency or a season-long loan.

If Rösler decides to keep Charlie Horton as the number two goalkeeper he isn’t in the worst shape. Horton has plenty of hype surrounding him and with a strong showing this season, it could see him wind up in a starting role for the 2016/17 campaign, either for the Whites or someplace else. Until then, 16th place Leeds United are continuing to go through a rough 2015 campaign. Their only wins have come from MK Dons and Derby County, taking 11 points in 10 matches.