Derby County have signed Fulham defender Dean Leacock for a fee of £375,000.
Leacock has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Pride Park after his proposed move to Swansea City fell through acrimoniously. Swansea had announced the 22 year-old as their club record signing last month but the deal collapsed amid recriminations affecting the player and both clubs.
Leacock becomes Rams boss Billy Davies’ fourth summer signing after the arrivals of Ryan Smith, Steve Howard and Matt Oakley. Derby managing director Mike Horton told the club’s website: “Dean’s a good player and at the right age to bridge the gap between our more experienced defenders and youngsters like Lewin Nyatanga.”
Comfortable either as a centre back or right back, Leacock made seven first-team appearances for Fulham last term after coming through the club’s academy set-up. He had two successful loan spells with Coventry City and opted to leave Craven Cottage on a permanent basis after Chris Coleman significantly strengthened the Fulham defence.
Swansea City and Fulham were left frustrated and unhappy last night as the fall-out began from the Dean Leacock transfer fiasco.
Fulham’s Welsh boss Chris Coleman, a former Swans favourite, is unhappy at the way his old club dramatically called off the deal.
But the Swans say any disappointment Coleman may have is nothing compared to the dismay they feel over Leacock’s record £375,000 move to the Liberty Stadium falling through.
The Western Mail has been told the 22-year-old defender did fail a medical after the Swans put him through a more-thorough-than-usual examination.
Highly-placed sources have told us that problems with the player’s back, hamstring and calves showed up when tests were conducted.
No one would confirm this in public yesterday, but suggestions the player’s move had fallen down on medical grounds were gathering pace as Swans fans came to terms with the collapse of the deal.
Contacted on the matter by the Western Mail, Coleman was reluctant to say too much at this stage, although his unease came across in crystal-clear fashion.
He said he would make a detailed statement in due course.
But Coleman emphasised, “We didn’t envisage any problems. It’s something we’re not really happy with, the way things have been done.
“Dean’s coming back to us, and that’s all I can really say at this minute.
“I cannot comment any further on it, but I’ll be happy to talk about it eventually.”
Told what Coleman had said, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins responded, “I totally agree with what Chris is saying because we’re not happy with what’s happened either.
“I can tell you we’re far more disappointed than Fulham will ever be.
“Dean Leacock was supposed to be our No 1 signing, our record transfer, and someone who would help take the club forward.
“Nobody can come out of this feeling happy – Dean is a player we wanted to sign and Fulham wanted to sell. It’s just very, very disappointing that it’s fallen through.
“I can assure our supporters that everything was done over the last few days to make sure we signed Dean.
“We never ever wanted to let anyone down.”
Jenkins said he had no regrets announcing the Leacock signing before all the formalities of the move to Swansea had been completed.
“I don’t regret going public with it because we acted in good faith,” Jenkins said.
“We were signing a quality 22-year-old professional from a Premiership club.
“We fully expected everything would go through. We didn’t envisage there being any complications with the deal.”
ulham defender Dean Leacock will not be joining Swansea after the surprise collapse of his transfer on Thursday.
Swansea trumpeted the 22-year-old’s capture as a new club record last week, saying he had signed for £375,000 on a three-year contract.
A Swansea statement read: “Leacock’s move has fallen through after the two clubs and the player failed to agree all relevant terms of the contract.”
Swansea boss Kenny Jackett said he was disappointed the transfer was off.
“Over the last few days we’ve had plenty of ‘tooing and froing’, but this morning we’ve had to make a decision,” Jackett said. “Dean Leacock is a very good player, he’s one that we’ve pursued and I’ve known about for quite some time. He is, in my opinion, a quality player but at the moment this deal is off.”
Swansea are set to sign their transfer record by bringing Fulham defender Dean Leacock, according to the Evening Post.
The 22 year-old defender, who can play at right back or in the centre of a back four, is set to leave Craven Cottage for a fee of £375,000. Leacock has been at Fulham for five years and came through the club’s academy. He has made nine senior appearances for the Whites and has recently spent time on loan at Coventry.
Swansea have worked hard behind the scenes to secure Leacock’s signature and chairman Huw Jenkins has told the local press that he is ‘delighted’ to have finalised the deal.
Coventry City are poised to keep Fulham defender Dean Leacock at Highfield Road until the end of the season.
Leacock linked up with The Sky Blues in early September and made two appearances for Peter Reid’s side before being laid low with an injury.
The 20-year-old is nursing a hamstring complaint but Reid is keen to retain the services of the centre half, with a deal likely to be concluded by the end of the week.
Reid was impressed with the youngster’s displays for the club and believes Coventry will derive great benefit from Leacock staying until the season’s end.
“We’re short on defenders and although we only had a short time to look at Dean before he got injured I thought the lad was terrific for us,” Reid told the club’s website.
“He can deal with it in the air, he’s strong and he can also get it down and play so I think he will be a major boost for us.”
Leacock’s contract with Fulham expires next summer and he will be looking to utilise his spell in the Midlands to press his claims for a new deal.