Leeds braced for bids for senior trio this summer - report
By Alex Stevens
Leeds United are braced for summer bids for senior trio Chris Wood, Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling after suffering promotion heartache, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship big hitters will anticipate offers for at least two of striker Wood, 25, centre-back Jansson, 26, and right-back Ayling, 25.
The star trio are all tied down to long-term contracts, in stark contrast to many of the loanees and short-term deals agreed by Leeds both last summer during the massive recruitment drive and in previous windows.
Wood, who tops the Championship goal charts with 26 goals, is contracted to the Yorkshire giants until 2019 after signing a four-year deal when he joined from Leicester.
Jansson, who has made a huge impact since arriving initially on a season-long loan from Torino, has signed a three-year contract that comes into effect from the summer and insisted last week that he is “100 per cent” committed to Leeds irrespective of which division they are in next season.
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Ayling has also been a mainstay of the team during a hugely impressive debut campaign and has a contract that runs until 2019.
The relatively long-term deals for the key trio will give Leeds some bargaining power if the big boys come to the negotiating table with offers in the coming months.
“Resisting bids and convincing the players concerned to ignore them will depend on creating an environment which says this season’s dalliance with the play-offs was not a one-off,” report the Yorkshire Evening Post.
This comes amid doubts over the future of manager Garry Monk amid major changes at the top of the club.
Joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani is close to buying out Massimo Cellino’s half-share and taking full control of Leeds.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.