By Mark Smith

14th Jan, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United can seal transfer for John Buckley with substantial offer - report

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers midfielder John Buckley on Friday (14 January).

Lancashire Live have now reported that it would take a “substantial” bid for a deal to be concluded in the next two weeks.

Sky Sports shared the initial interest this morning, with Burnley also said to have interest in the 22-year-old.

Tony Mowbray has spoken out about the interest in recent weeks, with a number of his players tracked by other clubs.

“There’s always potential. I’m just dealing with the reality,” he said when quizzed on any interest in his players this month.

Buckley did sign a new long-term contract recently, with his current deal running until 2024 as things stand at Ewood Park.

Smart move?

Leeds have gone big with their signings since returning to the Premier League, targeting big leagues around Europe.

Some have worked, and some have still yet to prove themselves despite the huge price tags on their heads.

Scowering the Championship could be the perfect method in January, with Victor Orta tasked with the job of solving this midfield crisis.

Buckley has been critical to Blackburn’s success this season, with Rovers currently pushing hard for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has started 23 games in the Championship, scoring once and assisting six goals when pushing into the final third.

Buckley may not be the defensive-minded player that the Whites may need in this window, opening the door to potentially another midfielder coming in alongside him.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if the Whites are in the ‘advanced’ stages of any January signings