By Tom Blackburn
Leeds are not close to signing Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O’Kane, according to a reliable journalist.
The Sun’s Football League expert Tom Barclay claimed on Friday afternoon that the Championship giants had been rejected after tabling a bid for O’Kane.
— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_SUN) August 19, 2016
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay was subsequently asked on Twitter about the link, which was also reported by football website HITC.
But Hay responded on his personal account that, while the player had been mentioned to him as a Leeds target “while back”, he had been told it was a “non-starter”.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 19, 2016
It has been reported that Bournemouth are willing to listen to offers for central midfielder, and that Kane is open to a move away from Eddie Howe’s team.
The 25-year-old 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.
That said, boss Garry Monk has this week 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.