Done deal: Leeds land Premier League man as Monk completes 11th senior signing

By Tom Blackburn

Leeds have signed midfielder Eunan O’Kane from Bournemouth, it was announced on Wednesday.

The club announced the deal on the Yorkshire club’s official Twitter account and website just a few hours before the transfer deadline.

O’Kane, 26, has signed a two-year contract with Garry Monk’s side and has become their 11th senior signing of the summer.

At Elland Road he will compete with Liam Bridcutt, Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips, Matt Grimes and Alex Mowatt for a spot in central midfield, while the club are still reportedly looking to sell Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy before the 11pm transfer window cut-off.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot posted on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening that Jack Wilshere’s impending loan move to Bournemouth had paved the way for them to revive their pursuit of O’Kane.

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The 26-year-old becomes the 11th signing made by Monk after the arrivals of Bridcutt, Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley, Rob Green, Marcus Antonsson, Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko, Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez.

He was behind Andrew Surman, Harry Arter, Dan Gosling and Leeds’ former player Lewis Cook in the pecking order at Bournemouth, and is yet to make an appearance in the 2016-17 season.

Howe did not have room for O’Kane in his Premier League squad that drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace last weekend, and Garry Monk took advantage of the unwanted Ireland international.

O’Kane 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.

He joined the Cherries when they were a League One side, and he was a key component in helping them earn two promotions in three seasons.

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