Leeds United have told Sunderland that Lewie Coyle will cost £500,000 to sign this month, according to a report from The Northern Echo.
Coyle’s future is now up in the air. The Northern Echo reports that he has played the final game of his loan spell at Fleetwood Town and is now set to return to Leeds. Nevertheless, it appears that he may not be back at Elland Road for long.
The Northern Echo reports that Leeds are open to selling the talented right-back with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign. And it is suggested that the Black Cats want the 24-year-old.
The report adds that Leeds have told Sunderland that Coyle will cost £500,000.
It is noted that Phil Parkinson’s men may be wary of paying that fee because of his contract situation, and may delay a decision until later in the month.
TBR View – Sunderland won’t regret meeting Coyle’s asking price
Sunderland being reluctant to meet Coyle’s asking price would be understandable. He can move on a free transfer in the summer. And holding fire on any move may prove an inspired decision.
But it may be a real error to not meet his asking price if it allows another club to come in. Coyle has been excellent during his time at Highbury Stadium. And his performances at Leeds suggest that he has the potential to play at a higher level than the third tier.
Spending £500,000 may be a big outlay. But Coyle looks to be an extremely talented player. And Sunderland may kick themselves if they miss out.