By Will Butcher
Leeds are set to announce their seventh summer signing within the next 24 hours, as Leeds manager Garry Monk continues his Elland Road revolution.
The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that a move for Sunderland’s Liam Bridcutt has failed to materialise, despite owner Massimo Cellino’s opinion of the Scottish international, but confirmed that the Italian was in talks with a Bundesliga midfielder.
Now, Radio Yorkshire presenter and journalist Joe Rawson has revealed on his Twitter account that Leeds will be announcing a signing imminently, and that it’s not Bridcutt.
I understand #lufc will announce the signing of a midfielder in the next 24 hours. Deal done. Not Bridcutt.
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) July 25, 2016
Rumours circulating on social media claim the unnamed Bundesliga midfielder is Hamburg’s Swedish international Albin Ekdal, who has played for Juventus and Cellino’s former side Cagliari.
Ekdal is the name that keeps popping up the most. Has been plagued by injuries. Would be a gamble but talented player #lufc
— Danny Horsman (@Dannyoss) July 24, 2016
Cellino has been in talks over the weekend with the agent of an unnamed midfielder, after meeting the player’s representatives in his native Sardinia.
The 61-year-old described the midfielder to the Mail as ‘similar’ to Bridcutt, who normally operates as a marshal between the defence and midfield.
Manager Garry Monk has been linked with adding experience to his midfield, with Mathieu Flamini, Andrea Lazzari and Leon Osman all being linked with an Elland Road move.
There are just over two weeks until Leeds begin their Championship campaign, starting with a trip to London to face Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s Queens Park Rangers on 7 August.
Monk has made six signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson.
In other Leeds news, this former fan-favourite has revealed that he almost rejoined Leeds back in 2012.