Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford

Leeds United must double Patrick Bamford’s current wages if they want to keep him.

That is according to former Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 27-year-old potentially putting pen to paper on new terms.

Bamford is fast approaching the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road, having joined on a four-year deal from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2018.

The Athletic‘s Phil Hay “expects” the Yorkshire club to tie their top-scorer down to a new deal before next season after Football Insider revealed in February talks are set to open over an extension.

The English striker has been in sensational form this term, with 14 goals and seven assists in 30 Premier League appearances to date.

Football Insider understands Bamford currently earns £40,000-a-week – the same as out-of-favour goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

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Campbell is adamant Leeds will lose Bamford if they do not offer him at least £80,000-a-week.

“Let me tell you, if Leeds United do not double his money they will lose him,” he told Football Insider.

“Bamford has been so productive for them this season, he’s been sensational really.

“I can only see him getting double his current wages – minimum.

“If he went on the open market, I tell you, he will get that and then some.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds last year, Bamford revealed that he wanted to stay at Elland Road until at least 2025.

He said: “I would be delighted to be here for the foreseeable future, at least the next five years and see what we can achieve.”

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