Where there's a Will...Buckley poised for loan switch to Leeds
Published 21/09/2015 | 18:55
Out-of-favour Sunderland winger Will Buckley will join Leeds on an emergency loan next week.
The 25-year-old, who has yet to feature for the struggling Black Cats this season, will train with the Yorkshire side this week, ahead of joining on a 93-day loan, which will keep him at Elland Road until January 2.
Buckley, who began his career at Rochdale and has had spells at Watford and Brighton, joined Sunderland last August for a £2.5million fee and he made 24 appearances, before falling out of favour under Dick Advocaat.
A statement on Sunderland's website read: "SAFC and Leeds United have agreed a loan deal for Will Buckley, which will see the winger join the Yorkshire club until 2 January 2016.
"The player has been given permission to train with Leeds United with immediate effect, ahead of the commencement of the loan move next week."
There was strong speculation Buckley would leave the Stadium of Light over the summer, but no move materialised and he was named in Sunderland's 25-man Barclays Premier League squad.
However, he has not been in Advocaat's plans this season, and his future looks set to be away from the north-east, despite having two years remaining on his contract.
His loan at Leeds is set to start after Sunday's trip to Middlesbrough and he will be in contention for a debut when Birmingham visit Elland Road on October 3.