By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are set to offer Kemar Roofe a £20,000-a-week deal to keep him at the club, Football Insider can reveal.
Talks are to begin between the striker, 26, and the Championship giants about extending his contract, which is about to enter its final year.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that discussions will be centred around a 100 per cent pay hike for the front man, who currently earns around £10,000-a-week.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Roofe is seeking pay parity with United top earners Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford, who are both on more than £30,000-a-week.
It means Leeds are braced for delicate negotiations with the player who topped their scoring charts with 15 goals last season and is attracting interest from newly-promoted Aston Villa.
The Yorkshire giants had initially planned to open talks with Roofe last autumn but put them on hold until the end of the season while their promotion bid was in the balance.
The delay strengthens the negotiating position of Roofe and means Leeds will have to almost certainly make him one of their top earners to keep him.
The offer of a £20,000-a-week deal across four years, which is the term that the 26-year-old is seeking, would cost the Yorkshire giants £4.2million.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a Whites ace is quitting after agreeing a £13,000-a-week contract with a new club.