Leeds manager Uwe Rosler has identified Sunderland midfielder Will Buckley, 25, as the perfect player to add to his already strong roster in order to be able to compete for a place back in the Premier League.
Making a move
The signals from both camps are good as it is well known the Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat doesn't rate the former Brighton winger highly.
Buckely was axed from the startling line up late on last season in their fight to stay in the Premier League and has made him surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light. Leeds have pounced with a bid thought to be of around £1.5m.
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However, they face stiff competition for the former Brighton man as Sheffield United and Birmingham have challenged the Whites for the winger's signature this summer.
But with his desire to stay North and to not drop down to League One, it appears the Elland Road outfit are strong favorites. Although Sunderland have been holding out for £2 million all summer, it now looks like they believe it is best for both parties to agree a deal now so that they can get organised for the season ahead.
It is clear that Leeds United believe they need to strengthen their midfield considerably after it being significantly weakened with the likes of Rodolph Austin being released.
Should they be able to seal Buckley's capture, manager Uwe Rosler believes it will offer much needed quality to an area of the team that is currently creatively stricken.
Also, Leeds United are in initial talks with Brentford for their highly rated midfielder Stuart Dallas, 24, who is believed to be the final piece of Rosler's midfield jigsaw.