'Not up to it' - Exclusive: Leeds chiefs convinced midfielder has played last game for club
Leeds United do not expect Eunan O’Kane to play for the club again despite recall clauses being included in his long-term Luton Town loan, Football Insider understands.
The Republic of Ireland international, 29, has relocated to the south-east with his family as he looks to reignite his career on loan at the Championship strugglers.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider there is no expectation of O’Kane returning to Elland Road during the remainder of his contract.
Football Insider exclusively broke the news on Thursday morning of last week that Leeds had accepted a bid from Luton Town for O’Kane.
The deal is a loan arrangement but an untypical one in that it runs for 18 months, a period that coincides with the expiry of the midfielder’s United contract in the summer of 2021.
Sources understand there are recall clauses in the deal, which would allow Leeds to take O’Kane back both in the next window and in January 2020.
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Marcelo Bielsa did not see a place for O’Kane in his side even before he suffered a horrific double leg fracture early in his first loan spell at Luton last season.
The former Bournemouth man has fully recovered from that injury but Bielsa made clear he was happy for him to return to Kenilworth Road for the remainder of his United spell.
The Championship’s bottom club will cover a significant portion of O’Kane’s wages during the next 18 months after he was handed a long-term contract when Andrea Radrizzani took over as owner.
“Good luck to Eunan O’Kane but he won’t play for Leeds again,” ex-United striker Noel Whelan exclusively told Football Insider.
“He’s a good midfielder in the Football League and for a lower Championship club, but not for a team looking to get in the Premier League. At that level, he’s not up to it, in my opinion.”
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed a £2.5m deal after fee finalised.