United chairman reveals rejected offer for Californian...

United chairman Ken Bates has revealed that the club turned down a transfer deadline day bid for winger Eddie Lewis.

Wolves stepped in last week in the hope of signing Eddie - but the bid was rejected, and the chairman's revelation comes just days before the two sides go head to head in the Coca-Cola Championship.

"We had a deadline day bid by Mick McCarthy who tried to buy Eddie Lewis," the chairman revealed on Yorkshire Radio.

"Of course we said no, and I'm hoping that he will show them what they missed out on, when we meet on Sunday."

The Elland Road chairman has also hit back at suggestions that the club failed to make any attempt to find a compromise deal with Eirik Bakke before his move to Norwegian outfit Brann Bergen.

"Eirik Bakke was on £23k plus £4k an appearance and we couldn't afford him," said the chairman.

"We approached his agent on a number of occasions to see if we could meet halfway or somewhere, to compromise, but his agent was adamant that we had signed a contract with Bakke and he wanted all his money.

"It's not true that we didn't try and find a compromise. In the end, Bakke has gone out and Jonathan Douglas, a good young international, has come in.

"I think that's a good deal."

To hear the interview with United chairman Ken Bates in full, tune into Yorkshire Radio.

Also available on Sky Channel 0188.