By Tom Blackburn
Leeds will have to pay £1million to sign Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O’Kane, according to a report.
It was reported on Friday that the Yorkshire giants and fellow Championship club Wigan have both had offers rejected for the Irishman, 26.
The Sun now claim that Bournemouth are holding out for a fee of £1million for O’Kane, who only has one year left on his contract.
Football website HITC reported that the Cherries are willing to listen to offers for central midfielder, and that O’Kane is open to a move away from Eddie Howe’s team.
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.
Nevertheless, manager Garry Monk has this week reportedly made senior midfield pair Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga available for transfer.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are eying a loan move for a West Ham attacker.