By Alex Stevens
Leeds are in talks to extend the contracts of academy products Alex Mowatt and Lewie Coyle, it has been announced.
Elland Road chief executive Ben Mansford has revealed that the club is working on deals to tie down midfielder Mowatt, 21, and right-back Coyle, 20.
Mansford, who joined the Yorkshire giants this summer from Championship rivals Barnsley, was quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay on Wednesday night following an interview with BBC Radio Leeds.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 12, 2016
Mowatt and Coyle, who have both graduated from the prolific Leeds academy, are out of contract next summer.
Mowatt was voted the club’s player of the year in 2014-15 but he has not been as influential in the last two campaigns and has slipped down the pecking order following the arrivals of the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane as well as the emergence of fellow youngsters Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips.
Mowatt has made 10 appearances this season, but only four of them have been starts, and he has scored two goals.
By contrast, Coyle is regarded as the club’s third-choice right-back behind Gaetano Berardi and summer signing Luke Ayling.
The young full-back has made four appearances this season, with his only starts coming in the League Cup.
Leeds currently sit in 11th place in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Derby, after a run of four wins from five league matches.
A win against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the play-off positions.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to sign a Spain international in the January transfer window.