Football: Warnock seals Whites switch

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STEPHEN Warnock has swapped the Barclays Premier League for the Championship by moving to Leeds from Aston Villa.

The 31-year-old former England full-back has fallen out of favour with Villa boss Paul Lambert and had been a target of West Ham.

Leeds are the club he has chosen, though, with manager Neil Warnock, formerly of Sheffield United, offering the former Liverpool man a two-and-a-half-year deal.

“He is a former international who, for whatever reason, has been allowed to leave Aston Villa,” Neil Warnock said.

“He is a player I have tried to sign a few times before and I’m pleased he turned down West Ham to come here.”

Meanwhile, Watford striker Chris Iwelumo has joined Oldham on loan until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old joined Watford in 2011 and scored five goals in 47 appearances before playing five times for Notts County on loan earlier on this campaign.

Millwall striker Shaun Batt has moved to Leyton Orient on an initial month-long move and Gillingham and Brentford have signed Leon Legge on a permanent basis.