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Reliable journalist: Wilshere deal paves way for Leeds to revive midfielder pursuit

By Dominic Toner

Jack Wilshere’s potential move to Bournemouth has opened the door for Leeds to revive their pursuit of midfielder Eunan O’Kane, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot explained on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that a deal for the 26-year-old Cherries midfielder is now set to be reignited.

Sobot has reported that Arsenal midfielder Wilshere is set to join Bournemouth on loan, which, in turn, will pave the way for O’Kane to leave Eddie Howe’s side.

England midfielder Wilshere has been told he can leave the Emirates this summer on loan to play regular first-team football and it has emerged in recent hours that Bournemouth is his most likely destination.

A deal for Bournemouth will help Leeds buy their target.

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Leeds have already had a £600,000 bid rejected this summer according to the Daily Mirror and were told then to improve their offer.

The Bournemouth midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Dean Court behind the likes of Andrew Surman, Harry Arter, Dan Gosling and Leeds’ former player Lewis Cook.

Howe did not have room for O’Kane in his Premier League squad that drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace last weekend, so the midfielder could be tempted to drop down to the Championship to pursue regular football.

Garry Monk has been active in the transfer window summer and the supporters won’t be surprised if a deadline day signing is made on Wednesday, with the Leeds picking up just four points from their first five league games.

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 they were a League One side, and he was key component 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.

In other Leeds transfer news, a reliable journalist has revealed that the club are prepared to sell their senior player.