Leeds United have completed the signing of Luke Varney and Jamie Ashdown, whilst they have also signed Rodolph Austin from SK Brann – a deal that could allow Brann to return Huseklepp to Norway.
Varney has signed a two-year deal at Elland Road after completing a medical on Monday, freeing up further wages on Pompey’s wage bill. It is also thought that the transfer fee Pompey received for Varney’s transfer will go straight to Derby County in order to pay the remaining debt owed to them for his transfer to Fratton Park last summer.
The former Blackpool, Derby and Crewe man has made 31 appearances since completing a move to Pompey for around £750,000 last summer, scoring six goals in the progress.
Varney suffered from injury during the winter period, missing every game between December 11th to March 2nd, returning to action during Pompey’s 3-1 loss to Middlesbrough.
Former Pompey goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown has also completed a move to Elland Road after the stopper impressed during a trial on their Cornwall training camp.
Ashdown was sadly released by the Blues in the summer. Out of contract, Pompey could not afford to offer him a new contract, whilst Pompey boss Michael Appleton was keen on finding two young goalkeepers to battle it out for the number one spot.
Jamie’s wife Zoe confirmed the announcement on Twitter and thanked the Pompey fans for their support.
“Very excited to announce Jamie is joining Leeds United. Looking forward to a big change after eight wonderful years at Pompey.
“Jamie asked me to thank you all for the kind well-wishing messages, he loved being at Pompey and hopes the club survives for the fantastic fans.”
Jamie has been a great servant of the club, making 123 appearances in all competitions during his eight year stay and we wish him all the best for the future.
Another player to join the former Pompey duo at Elland Road is Rodolph Austin who joins from Norwegian side SK Brann. Although you would usually think this has nothing to do with Pompey – it may well do!
It has been well documented over the last few weeks that SK Brann are very keen in taking Pompey’s Erik Huseklepp back to Norway and re-sign the forward. The Norwegian club were originally asking for sponsorship from fans to assist in affording his transfer, but after selling Austin, and rumours circulating that the Viking has already agreed personal terms, Huseklepp’s move back to Norway could come sooner rather than later!