Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that he has already started holding crucial talks with players that he is looking to ship out this summer.

The manager told Leeds Live that discussions between himself and a couple of players deemed to be deadwood at Elland Road have taken place and that they know their time is now up ahead of the summer window, with the club hoping to secure deals to see them exit.

The Whites had carried out a massive overhaul of the senior squad last summer, under the guidance of new owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta, but it did not have the desired effect and there could be similar changes this summer.

Football Insider verdict

With one game left to play this season it is about time that Heckingbottom gets down to the nitty gritty of who is going to stay and who will be leaving via the exit door this summer. It will not be an easy decision to make but there are plenty of candidates to be booted, and mass changes certainly seem on the cards once again at Elland Road. Getting players to know their futures gives them the chance to try and prove the boss wrong in the last training sessions of the campaign, but also to get their agents on the phone and try find them a new club prior to the summer. It also seems as though, after all the doubt surrounding his future, Heckingbottom is set to stay at the club and that Radrizzani is trusting him to turn the club’s fortunes around despite his struggles so far. At least after summer he will have no excuses if it continues in the same fashion.

In other Leeds United transfer news, one 29-year-old must have played his final game for the club after a major bombshell.

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