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Monday, 26 June, 2000, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Viduka's Leeds move edges closer
Viduka is poised to swap Parkhead for Elland Road
Viduka is poised to swap Parkhead for Elland Road
Mark Viduka is likely to be unveiled as Leeds' new striker by the end of the week after finally agreeing personal terms on a long-term contract.

The Celtic striker will undergo a medical to finalise the deal, believed to be in the region of 7m.

With Australian international Viduka and Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale both on holiday recently, the finishing touches to the protracted move have taken time to complete.

But the 24-year-old, who has spent the last few weeks in Japan, is now due to fly in with agent Bernie Mandic to put pen to paper.

I expect personal terms will be resolved over the next couple of days

Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale
Celtic have accepted Leeds' reported 7m bid and have already made moves to bring in Chris Sutton from Chelsea to replace him.

"The current position is that we have had an offer accepted by Celtic and I have spoken to Mark's agent and I expect his personal terms will be resolved over the next couple of days," Ridsdale said last week.

"Then Mark is planning to come over to Leeds some time this week to have a medical.

"We are both away but I have been speaking to Bernie (Mandic) in Australia and we are both very confident that the deal will be concluded."

Sutton is a Celtic target
The capture of Viduka will take Leeds' spending ahead of their first Champions League campaign to 14m following the arrival of Oliver Dacourt at the start of this month.

But Ridsdale insists that the club will not stop in their search for new talent as manager David O'Leary, continues to build for the new season.

"I am always excited when we go into the close season and David (O'Leary) gives me a list of the players he would like to acquire and, one by one, we start being successful in doing that," Ridsdale said.

"We have obviously brought in Oliver Dacourt and we are very hopeful that we will get Mark Viduka signed up and then we will move on to the next one."

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19 Jun 00 | Football
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Batty blow for Leeds
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