Report: Leeds United reluctant to match Will Buckley’s wage demands, move off for now

Leeds United were linked with making a move for Will Buckley of Sunderland.

According to the Sunderland Echo, Leeds have pulled out of a move to sign Buckley from Sunderland due to his high wage demands - but they could move for him again on one condition.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last week that the Whites were considering reviving their interest in Buckley as Uwe Rosler plans on bringing in another winger before the close of the transfer window today.

Buckley has been placed on the market by the Black Cats, but despite not being one of Sunderland’s top earners, Leeds believe his wages do not reflect his ability.

The Yorkshire-based side are unwilling to match the wages he is currently on at the Stadium of Light, and the report states that a move is off for now.

However, it is believed that Leeds could go back in to complete a deal for the 25-year-old winger before the close of the deadline if Sunderland change their stance on Buckley’s wages.

They are unwilling to pay a percentage of his wages, if he is to head out on loan, whilst also paying off his contract if he is to secure a permanent transfer away.

The only way Leeds will make another push for Buckley would be if Sunderland change their stance on the winger, and willingly take a financial hit on the sale of their outcast player. As he is not expected to play a role under Dick Advocaat this term, it is likely that the Black Cats will accept paying a portion of his wages to ensure Buckley is off their books for the season.

This would be the best situation for all parties involved, and a deal still looks a real possibility before the passing of the deadline.

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