By Will Butcher
Leeds have been told to increase their offer for Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O’Kane after having a £600,000 bid rejected, according to a report.
The 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Dean Court behind the likes of Andrew Surman, Harry Arter and Dan Gosling. The new £10million signing of Leeds’ Lewis Cook has also reduced his chances of first-team action this season.
In today’s edition of the Daily Mirror, Wigan are also reported as having an interest in the Cherries’ out-of-favour midfielder.
The report claims that League Two side Torquay are ready to profit from a windfall in any prospective O’Kane deal, as manager Eddie Howe attempts to pocket as much money as possible on the Ireland international.
He has been with the Premier League club since 2012, when he joined from Torquay for an undisclosed fee, and has gone on to make 118 appearances for the club.
At the time O’Kane joined the Cherries they were a League One side, and he was key in helping them earn two promotions in three seasons.
However, his first team opportunities have been limited in the past year and in the 2015-16 season he started just six times.
Despite his Premier League pedigree Leeds have already brought in players to cover the central midfield role, with Liam Bridcutt, Matt Grimes and Ronaldo Vieira expected to challenge Kalvin Phillips and Alex Mowatt for starting spots.
In the latest Leeds transfer news, Sheffield United are eyeing this 26-year-old midfielder.