Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell is on a 'wing' and a prayer as he looks to strengthen his squad before pre-season training resumes next week.

Blackwell is looking to bring in a player for each flank to enable him to move David Healy into his specialist position up front alongside Rob Hulse.

Healy spent much of his time playing on the left wing last season after his transfer from Preston in October. Aaron Lennon's departure to Spurs has also left a vacancy on the right, and Blackwell is keen to ensure Hulse receives the right service from the flanks.

The Leeds manager has been in talks with several players and their agents but Leeds won't be held to ransom, either over fees or players' wages.

Hulse made his move from West Brom permanent at the end of last season and summer recruits so far are Brighton's England Under-21 defender Dan Harding and Birmingham goalkeeper Ian Bennett.

Updated: 10:38 Tuesday, June 21, 2005