By Wayne Veysey

2nd May, 2019 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Burnley set sights on key Leeds player as talks to begin

Burnley are weighing up a move for Leeds United attacker Kemar Roofe as he prepares to open new contract talks, Football Insider sources understands.

Roofe has had an impressive campaign for the Championship promotion contenders, scoring 14 goals despite missing big chunks of the campaign due to knee and calf injuries.

The 26-year-old’s form has alerted several Premier League clubs and a source close to the player has told Football Insider that Burnley are keeping tabs on his situation.

Leeds are aware of the interest in Roofe and, as revealed by Football Insider last month, they are to open initial talks in the coming weeks over tying down their star man to a new long-term deal to fend off potential suitors.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Oxford man will enter the final year of his contract next months, which leaves Leeds vulnerable to losing the versatile attacker.

Roofe has taken his game to a new level under new manager Marcelo Bielsa and he is a forward in the modern mould who can play a number of different roles, including as the spearhead and out on the flanks.

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Burnley signed the Leeds player’s former teammate Chris Wood in the summer of 2017 for £15million after he topped the Championship goal charts during Garry Monk’s season as manager.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Marcelo Bielsa has high first-team hopes for loaned-out 22-year-old who has caught his eye.