By Coral Barry

Alex Mowatt’s agent has insisted reports of his player signing a contract extension with Leeds are wide of the mark.

Mowatt has risen through the ranks at Leeds, coming up from their acclaimed youth academy alongside fellow youngsters Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor.

Leeds manager Steve Evans spoke on Monday ahead of Leeds’ 4-0 humiliation to Brighton and said that the club was very close to tying down their three young stars to new deals.

Mowatt is entering the last year of his contract, but his agent, Mark Rankine dismissed Evans’ comments when quizzed by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Wednesday.

Rankine, a former Doncaster Rovers player, was asked if there had been any approach to him or Mowatt about extending the winger’s stay at Leeds.

“Absolutely none whatsoever,” said Rankine. “Nobody has spoken to me about it, or to Alex.”

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Mowatt’s future has been further highlighted after Leeds lost academy star Sam Byram to West Ham United in the January transfer window.

Byram was sold for £3.7million with six months left on his contract and Leeds are eager to avoid another transfer saga this time next year with another one of their brightest prospects.

Cook was the subject of interest from a number of leading Premier League clubs in January, including Bournemouth, and it is thought that Mowatt has also caught the eye of potential suitors.

In other Leeds transfer news, Evans is confident Cook and Taylor will stay at Elland Road.