Leeds United left-back Niall Huggins is on the verge of completing a move to Sunderland, with the youngster undergoing a medical at the Stadium of Light on Thursday.
The Lowdown: Leeds’ summer clearout
Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta may have sealed some exciting incomings this summer, most notably signing Junior Firpo from Barcelona, but there have also been plenty of outgoings.
A total of nine players have departed, either permanently or on loan, including experienced fan favourites like Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski, and it now looks as though Leeds have cleared another name from their squad.
The Latest: Huggins set to join Sunderland
According to Football Insider, Huggins is extremely close to sealing a permanent move to Sunderland, with his medical taking place on Thursday morning after the two clubs agreed terms on a deal.
The 20-year-old only signed a new Whites contract last December, but it appears as though Bielsa has U-turned and sees no long-term future for him at the club.
The Verdict: Right time to leave
At 20, Huggins will no doubt be keen to enjoy regular playing time and that wasn’t going to come his way at Leeds.
With Firpo coming in as the Whites’ new first-choice left-back, and Leif Davis a strong long-term option, it is hard to see where he would fit in.
Huggins will hope to become a key man at a Sunderland side amongst the favourites to be promoted from League One this season, forging a strong career for himself away from Leeds.
It is not yet clear if there is a buy-back or sell-on clause in the deal, but one would have to assume Orta would be clever enough to add something along those lines.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly made contact with a Premier League player over a move to Elland Road. Read more here.
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