Wednesday Transfer Gossip: Leeds United on verge of signing Bridcutt but snub Taylor request | Boro winger out of ‘Reach’ for Sheffield Wednesday | Diame snubs Hull City for Newcastle

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Here are the latest rumours and stories surrounding Yorkshire’s Premier League and Football League clubs.

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Liam Bridcutt amid growing signs that Sunderland are ready to do a deal to move the midfielder out of the Stadium of Light.

Sheffield Wednesday target Adam Reach celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough.

Sheffield Wednesday target Adam Reach celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough.

Leeds and Sunderland have been negotiating a permanent transfer throughout the summer and attempts to bring Bridcutt back to Elland Road after his successful spell on loan last season have been held up by haggling over the termination of his contact in the north east.

Bridcutt has a year left on a deal worth £26,000 a week and Sunderland were keen to avoid bearing the cost of paying up his last 12 months.

Leeds were equally intent on reaching an agreement which fits in with the existing wage structure at Elland Road but sources close to the midfielder say the two sides are on the verge of striking a deal after further discussions this week.

Bridcutt favours a return to Leeds having made 24 league appearances for the club while on loan last season.

Meanehile, Leeds have rejected a transfer request from player-of-the-year Charlie Taylor and insisted that the defender will not be sold in this transfer window.

Taylor submitted a formal request for a move on Sunday evening but United said tonight that they were unwilling to consider offers for him and expected him to “play his part this season as the club pushes towards the top of the Championship.”

READ MORE - Leeds reject Taylor’s transfer request

The 22-year-old’s future has been the subject of intense speculation with his contract into its final 12 months and no likelihood of him and Leeds agreeing an extension.

United owner Massimo Cellino, who sanctioned the £10million sale of 19-year-old Lewis Cook to Bournemouth last month, recently accused Taylor and his agent, Colin Pomford, of refusing to enter into talks about a new contract while club chief executive Ben Mansford said last week that Taylor “doesn’t want to extend his current deal.”

Middlesbrough have reportedly rebuffed a £2m offer from Sheffield Wednesday for winger Adam Reach - according to reports.

Reach spent last term on loan at Preston North End, where he caught the eye in an impressive spell and while his accustomed position is on the left wing, Boro head coach Aitor Karanka has suggested he could provide cover at left-back with George Friend’s deputy James Husband currently sidelined with injury.

Reach has been linked with several Championship sides this summer, including Wolves.

Mohammed Diame is set to be unveiled as a Newcastle United player today after rejecting Hull City’s last-ditch offer of a new three-year deal.

READ MORE: Tigers’ last-ditch bid to keep play-off winner Diame

The former West Ham midfielder travelled to the North East yesterday lunchtime to undergo a medical and personal terms have been agreed and if there are no last-minute hitches, he will seal a £4.5m move.

Rotherham United are set to follow up the capture of former Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson on a one-year deal with the loan signing of midfielder Scott Allan from Celtic - with a move for Peterborough United winger Jon Taylor also in the offing.

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Allan who worked under Millers chief Alan Stubbs at Hibernian, was linked with a move to Rotherham 12 months ago from the Easter Road outfit, but instead joined Cletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old made just two starts for the Hoops last term after being a regular for the Hibees under Stubbs in 2014-15.

The Millers have also been linked with a move for Posh wingman Taylor, with reports suggesting that the 24-year-old could undergo a medical at Rotherham today after the two clubs agreed a fee.

Barnsley have signed Torquay defender Angus MacDonald on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Bradford City are seeking to further boost their numbers ahead of the campaign, with the Bantams keen on Liverpool’s Cameron Brannagan and having a long-standing interest in former loanee Josh Cullen.