By Wayne Veysey

20th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

Sources: Huggins agrees four-year Sunderland contract as Leeds exit finalised

Leeds United defender Niall Huggins has agreed a four-year contract with Sunderland, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site broke the news that the League One giants were in advanced talks to sign the versatile full-back, 20 and then updated to reveal he was undergoing a medical with the Black Cats yesterday.

An industry source has told Football Insider that Huggins is set to sign a deal with Sunderland that runs until the summer of 2025.

He will then complete a free transfer to Lee Johnson’s side after Leeds failed to secure a price for the 20-year-old.

Johnson was tight-lipped on the Huggins deal doing his media conference on Friday.

This comes 24 hours after Marcelo Bielsa appeared to suggest that the versatile full-back was leaving on loan rather than a permanent deal.

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This site has been told Huggins is severing all ties with Leeds after he was told earlier in the summer to find a new club.

His first-team path has been blocked by not only first choice right-back Luke Ayling but also versatile duo Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton.

All three were name checked by Bielsa as ahead of Huggins in the pecking order for his favoured position.

At Sunderland, the Wales Under-21 international can expected to compete straight away for a starting place in Johnson’s promotion-chasing side.

Huggins made 17 appearances for the Leeds Under-23s last term.

He then went on to make his senior debut as a second-half substitute in February’s 4-2 Premier League defeat to Arsenal but has not added to that solitary appearance.

In other news, three more Leeds United stars are in line to follow through the exit door ahead of 31 August cut-off.