Buckley to join Leeds on loan with view to £1m deal

Will Buckley: Agrees to leave Sunderland to join Leeds on loan

Leeds have agreed a deal to sign Will Buckley on loan – but won’t finalise the Sunderland winger’s transfer until the end of next week.

Buckley – who has been a Leeds target all summer – will join the Whites on a 93-day emergency loan and is expected to train with the Elland Road club on Tuesday.

Leeds face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday  but will not sign in time for the televised game at the Riverside.

Leeds intend to hold off until their clash with Birmingham City on October 3 to ensure that Buckley is available up to and beyond the start of the January transfer window.

The rules of the Football League, which limit emergency loans to a maximum of 93 days, would otherwise see Buckley return to his parent club before the end of the Christmas schedule.

Buckley could make his switch to Elland Road permanent if he impresses at Elland Road, with a figure of £1million with add-ons reportedly agreed between the clubs.

The 25-year-old, who has much experience of the Championship after spells with Watford and Brighton, is out of favour at Sunderland and was made available by the Wearside club during the recent transfer window.

Leeds enquired about him on more than one occasion and held talks about him in the final week of the summer window but their interest was dampened by Buckley’s wages, believed to be in excess of £20,000 a week.

United completed deals for Stuart Dallas from Brentford and Jordan Botaka from Excelsior in Holland but head coach Uwe Rosler remained keen on recruiting another wide player.