By Noel Whelan

22nd Jun, 2021 | 12:00pm

Leeds chances of keeping hold of Alioski '50-50' after key reported update - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed “it is 50-50” whether Ezgjan Alioski signs a new contract at Leeds United this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Middlesbrough striker claimed the 29-year-old may be stalling on a deal to what new arrivals there are at Elland Road.

Turkish outlet Fanatik claimed (19 June) that Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and CSKA Moscow are all in the race to sign the wide man.

Alioski’s contract with Leeds United expires at the end of the month.

Football Insider revealed on 4 June the North Macedonia international has been offered a new and improved deal.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported yesterday (21 June) that the club have not given up hope of tying him to a new agreement.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the latest, Whelan said: “Right now it is 50-50 whether he stays.

“There is another contract on the table for him but he holds all of the cards.

“He will not be rushing to sign anything because he knows Leeds are looking for another left-back and another winger. Does he want to play third fiddle? Of course not.

“He wants to finish his career playing regularly. He will want to sign a two or three-year deal and compete for honours and that is something he could do at Besiktas or Fenerbahce.

“Alioski has got a number of options. He is holding every single card.

“If he does leave, he has done his job at Leeds. If he does leave it is probably because he will have more security, on the pitch, than he would have at Leeds.”

In other news, Leeds have submitted a seven-figure bid for a forward with blistering pace.