By Alex Stevens
Leeds are set to hold contract talks this month with Alex Mowatt, according to a reliable journalist.
Elland Road chief executive Ben Mansford revealed that the club is working on a deal to tie down midfielder Mowatt, 21.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay delivered an update on Mowatt’s situation on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night.
@PhilHayYEP what about mowatt?
— Marcos Rãttenbúry (@Marcos_R_MR4) November 3, 2016
Responding to a question from a follower on the social media site, Hay revealed that “more talks” between Mowatt and Leeds “were due this month”. He added that the two parties are yet to strike a deal.
@Marcos_R_MR4 more talks were due this month. No deal there yet though.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 3, 2016
This comes after Mowatt’s fellow academy product Lewie Coyle signed a new contract earlier this week that runs until 2019.
Like Coyle, Mowatt is out of contract next summer and is free to agree a pre-contract deal with a foreign club in the January transfer window.
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 this summer as well as the emergence of fellow youngsters Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips.
Mowatt has made 15 appearances this season, but only six of them have been starts, and he has not scored a goal.
Leeds are ninth in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Norwich, after a run of six wins from nine league matches.
A win at Carrow Road could see Garry Monk’s side move into the play-off positions.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to sign a Spain international in the January transfer window.