Report: Leeds in talks with teen sensation, decision expected this week

By Alex Stevens

Bailey Peacock-Farrell will hold further talks with Leeds over a new contract with a decision expected this week, according to a report.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper’s current 12-month deal, his first in professional footballl, expires at the end of the season.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the teenager has been given until Sunday to accept or reject an extension to a deal which runs out at the end of June.

Leeds opened talks with Peacock-Farrell and his representatives midway through the season about a two-year contract that would tie him to Elland Road until the summer of 2018.

Peacock-Farrell has been considering United’s contract offer for a number of weeks but he is said to be seeking assurances about the club’s plans, both for him and the coaching team at Thorp Arch.

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Current goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis, who has worked closely with Peacock-Farrell in the past 12 months, is leaving Elland Road to take up a youth-team position with England and a replacement for him is yet to be announced.

The Academy graduate has been understudy to established No1 Marco Silvestri since November, after Leeds lost Ross Turnbull to a broken ankle and allowed USA Under-23 international Charlie Horton to return to America for family reasons.

Peacock-Farrell was given his senior debut against Queens Park Rangers last month after Silvestri was ruled out of that fixture by suspension.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Turnbull is still recovering from his ankle injury, but he has another 12 months on his deal and should be fit for the start of pre-season training in July.

Silvestri, meanwhile, is two seasons into a four-year contract and has been established firmly as first choice since moving to England from Chievo in 2014.

In other Leeds news, Steve Evans is odds-on favourite to become the new manager of a rival Championship club.