Sunderland are hoping that they can agree a permanent move for Leeds United right-back Lewie Coyle, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (5/1; page 61).
In truth, Coyle’s future has looked to lie away from Elland Road for some time. The 24-year-old has not played for the Whites since 2017. He has since signed on loan for Fleetwood Town on three occasions.
His current spell at Highbury Stadium is set to end this month. And it appears that that may lead to Coyle sealing a permanent move away from Leeds.
The Sun on Sunday (5/1; page 61) reports that his contract with the Championship leaders expires at the end of the season. And that may prompt Leeds to cash in this month.
The report suggests that Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson wants Coyle as he looks to land a specialist right-back. He could become the second Leeds full-back the Black Cats have signed this season, with Laurens De Bock previously enduring a disappointing loan spell.
TBR View – Leeds fans will surely be sad to see Coyle go
Coyle leaving Leeds permanently will come as little surprise to the Elland Road faithful should he go this month. Nevertheless, the fans would be forgiven for feeling slightly disappointed if he is sold.
The academy graduate has been outstanding at Fleetwood and impressed on a number of occasions for the Whites. But the writing appears to have been on the wall for a while.
Luke Ayling has been an inspired signing. And Stuart Dallas played arguably the best football of his Leeds career at right-back at the start of this season.
Meanwhile, the Whites also have the likes of Bryce Hosannah, Jamie Shackleton and Robbie Gotts all coming through and capable of playing in that position.
The majority of fans will be predicting big things for Coyle, wherever he ends up this month or in the summer.
It seems he was the right player at the wrong time for Leeds. And Parkinson is reportedly hoping that Sunderland will be the ones to benefit.