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Leeds takeover is on the brink on completion.

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott will have funds available to strengthen the squad ahead of a New Year promotion push, according to the club's new incoming owners.

Sport Capital, a consortium which includes club managing director David Haigh, are expected to acquire 75% of the shareholding in the coming weeks.

However the timing of the deal won't affect McDermott's ability to spend in January and Andrew Flowers, who is among the takeover group says the Leeds boss will be fully backed.

"We have been working hard to ensure that our due diligence was completed as quickly as possible and that there are funds in place ahead of completion to support the manager during the opening weeks of the January transfer window," Flowers said.

Haigh added: "We have ensured that there are funds in place for the January transfer window and we are working closely with Brian McDermott regarding his plans. Hopefully, we will all see some of this work come to fruition in the coming days.

The announcement that McDermott will be backed in the window comes as Leeds close on in their first signing in January in the form of Crystal Palace winger Jimmy Kebe.

Kebe has made just six appearances for The Eagles this season and is looking to reunite himself with McDermott after the pair helped mastermind promotion to the Premier League with Reading in the 2011/12 campaign.

The addition of the Mali international could be one of two new faces brought into the club ahead of Saturday's derby against Sheffield Wednesday with Hull City's Cameron Stewart expected to join on a 93-day loan.

Leeds are currently eighth in the Championship after 24 league games having slipped out of the play-off places after a run of one win in six games.

The weekend trip to Hillsborough comes prior to hosting leaders Leicester City at Elland Road on 18 January.