Four senior Leeds players are heading for the exit door - report
By Harry Sykes
Four senior Leeds United players are heading for the exit door ahead of the club’s publication of its retained players list this week, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim goalkeeper Ross Turnbull and winger Jordan Botaka are set to be released when their contracts expire next month.
It is said left-back Charlie Taylor will quit the club when his deal comes to an end at the same time, and there is also a possibility that playmaker Pablo Hernandez will leave.
West Brom have been in talks with Leeds over a fee for Taylor to avoid the valuation being decided by a tribunal.
But the Championship club have reportedly rejected a £3.5million bid from the Premier League outfit and Baggies manager Tony Pulis claimed on Monday the deal is now a “risk not worth taking”.
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Hernandez joined Leeds permanently in January but his deal runs out next month, although the club do have an option to extend it for a further 12 months.
Of the quartet, the Yorkshire Evening Post suggest that Hernandez is the only one who could be seen again in a Leeds shirt.
The club have until this Saturday to submit a retained list to the Football League but youngsters Jack Vann and Billy Whitehouse have pre-emptied its publication by confirming their exits on social media.
Vann, a 19-year-old centre-back, never featured for United’s senior side but made the bench for the club’s humiliating FA Cup defeat to Sutton United in January.
Midfielder Whitehouse, 20, made a debut in the same game at Gander Green Lane in a defeat was only Leeds’ second-ever loss to non-league opposition.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it has sensationally emerged that Radrizzani’s takeover of the club is under major threat in what is a shattering blow.
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