Mind you, the initial target, Clint Hill, doesn't exactly set the pulse racing does it? There are Leeds fans daring to dream that Michael Owen will spend a season in the Elland Road treatment room, but there's no way in a million years that Master Bates will meet Owen's wage demands. And anyway, why would mighty Leeds United want a Manchester United reject exactly? Have these Leeds fans got no pride?
It is a dangerous game to play. Clayton, for example, looked like a decent Championship player to me but Warnock thinks he can get better for the £500,000 he hopes to sell him for. We will see.
To be fair, Warnock has proved himself an adept wheeler dealer at Championship level and the worst mistake you can make is to give him significant money to spend - ask Fernandes at QPR! But then with Bates in charge at Leeds, there's no chance of Warnock flashing the cash is there?
The expected charge after Warnock's appointment didn't happen. If Leeds struggle at the start of next season, Warnock could find himself going through the very same revolving door he has installed for his failing players.