By Wayne Veysey

16th Jan, 2017 | 3:07pm

Leeds reject proposal after top-level talks - reliable journalist

By Alex Stevens

Leeds have rejected the chance to play a mid-season friendly against Derby during the March international break, according to a report.

Derby had confirmed plans to host their Championship rivals at Pride Park in an attempt to promote alternative potential revenue opportunities “outside of normal broadcasting restrictions.”

The idea was that the two clubs, who are both hopeful of securing promotion from the second tier this season, played at a scheduled date in late March when they did not have domestic commitments.

But Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that Leeds will not now be taking part in the planned fixture.

Hay said that “idea had been discussed but turned down by Leeds” in what would have been high-level talks between the two clubs.

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The friendly match was set to fall in between Leeds’ first team clashes against Brighton at Elland Road on 18 March and the trip to play Reading at the Madejski Stadium on 1 April.

Leeds’ apparent unwillingness to take part comes shortly after it was confirmed that sports media mogul Andrea Radrizzani has taken over a 50 per cent share of the club.

It is likely the new co-owner, who is an expert in TV rights, would have had a major say in the decision not to go ahead with the friendly at a time when Leeds could be strongly challenging for a place in next season’s Premier League.

The Championship big hitters ended the weekend at a season-high position of third in the division, just seven points adrift of leaders Newcastle.

Coincidentally, Leeds hosted Derby at Elland Road on Friday night and produced one of their best displays of the season to secure a 1-0 win.

In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.

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