Leeds in contract talks with key first-team player - reliable journalist
By Danny Wright
Leeds have entered contract discussions with midfielder Eunan O’Kane, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning that the Whites were in talks with several members of the squad about extending their deals at Elland Road.
Contract talks at Leeds ongoing. Club are in discussions with Eunan O'Kane about a new deal. Other extensions being negotiated too. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 10, 2017
O’Kane’s current deal will come to an end next summer unless him and his club can agree to an extension.
The 27-year-old has emerged as one of Thomas Christiansen’s key first-team players as he was named the start in the first Championship match of the season against Bolton on Sunday.
The seven-times Republic of Ireland international featured for the entire 90 minutes of Leeds’ 3-2 win over the Trotters but was rested in the Carabao Cup victory against Port Vale on Wednesday night.
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O’Kane only signed a two-year deal for the Whites when he switched from Bournemouth last summer, and it now seems that the Yorkshire side are keen to see him commit his future after what has been a frustrating start to life there.
He was reduced to playing just 26 times across all competitions in Garry Monk’s squad last season as he was struck down with injury for a large chunk of the campaign.
Football Insider Verdict
O’Kane’s experience in the middle of the park is something that Leeds need in what is going to be a very challenging campaign. The Whites got off to a good start against Bolton on Sunday, but they will do very well to keep up that kind of performance all season, especially when they face some of the tougher sides like Middlesbrough and Fulham. O’Kane is exactly the player that Christiansen wants in the engine room and offering him a new contract is the right route to take. Leeds will be playing a risky game if they don’t offer him a new deal by January as that means clubs will likely become alerted to his situation and try to come in with a very low bid or see if they can get him for free next summer.