SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Barkley joins Leeds on loan

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Former Owls loan star Ross Barkley has joined Leeds on a month’s loan.

Wednesday had been pondering an attempt to bring the 19-year-old Everton midfield player back to Hillsborough after his successful stay with them - but a striker is Dave Jones’s priority.

Barkley will be with Leeds initially until February 12; they play Barnsley at Oakwell tomorrow and the Owls at Elland Road on April 13.

He was in the Wednesday side when they gave one of their best performances of the season, against Leeds on October 19. He was recalled by Everton in November after spending two months at Hillsborough.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock said today: “I’m absolutely delighted to get Ross. He had four clubs after him, so I’m delighted he has come to us.

“I’ve wanted him for a long time. I remember watching him play for Everton against QPR in the Premier League.

“He has a great attitude and I have no doubt he will end up a top player.

“The deal works well for both parties as he will get experience here and he’s a great addition to our squad.”