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Tuesday, 10 February 2004

In an effort to stabilise the Yorkshire club, Leeds United have taken the drastic steps of offloading their remaining players to other clubs through the internet auction site E Bay.

The club are facing the real prospect of extinction if they do not raise finances soon in a bid to keep creditors from closing down the Premier League side.

Leeds' first option of a new buyer stepping in to save the club has not materialised so as a final attempt to ensure they safety they have decided to offload the whole team in one go.

Leeds Caretaker Manager Eddie Gray said: "It doesn't mean that this is the end of the team. I personally have a couple of young nephews who are capable of knocking the ball about."

"I just need to persuade their mam to let them out of school a few afternoons a week and for me to have them for Saturdays. With them and the ball boys and that lad with the one eye who cleans the toilets - we've got a team," Gray added.

Leeds plan to put the players on the auction site with some names being sold as a team whilst others will be sold separate.

The likes of Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Paul Robinson are expected to be listed separately with a starting price of anything between five million to 15 million.

Other players such as David Batty and Lucas Radebe will be sold as a team with a reserve price set at around £10.
Leeds originally got the idea from Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson, who used the auction site to offload unwanted Dutch defender Jaap Stam to Lazio with a ‘Buy it Now' option.

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