By Danny Wright

7th May, 2018 | 10:33am

Leeds must bin 27-year-old and hijack reported move for £40,000-a-wk PL player in stunning form

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Leeds United are facing yet more changes in the summer transfer window after the curtains were drawn on a disappointing Championship campaign on Sunday.

Although Paul Heckingbottom’s men went out on a high as they beat QPR at a sunny Elland Road, there has to be changes over the coming months as players must be shifted out of the squad to make room for Victor Orta to welcome more in.

One player who Leeds must bin in the summer is Eunan O’Kane.

The 27-year-old’s form has been pathetic for most of the season and there’s a good reason why Heckingbottom has not even named him in a matchday squad since the start of March when Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira and Adam Forshaw are clearly much better options.

As a replacement for the Republic of Ireland international, Leeds must make a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback in the coming months because he will likely be available as Rafa Benitez may want to lighten the load on the wagebill at the Premier League club.

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However to get the former Sunderland player, the Whites may have to hijack Nottingham Forest’s attempts to sign the 28-year-old as the Nottingham Post has reported that Aitor Karanka wants to sign him on a permanent basis in the summer.

After joining Forest on loan in January, Colback has been in stunning form and scored his first goal for the East Midlands club in the 3-2 defeat at Bolton on Sunday.

The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that the defensive midfielder earns £40,000-a-week in his deal at Newcastle, and although Leeds won’t be able to meet that, they should definitely be able to get closer to it than Forest.

It’s shaping up to be a frantic summer at Elland Road, but as long as Orta can get in Colback and sell O’Kane, his central midfield options may be sorted out.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites star has confirmed that he will try to convince a fan favourite to make a return to Elland Road this summer as transfer talks reportedly begin.

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