Leeds United chiefs

Leeds United are offering Ezgjan Alioski a new and improved long-term contract and hope to tie him down ahead of the January window, Football Insider understands.

The Macedonia international, 28, has entered the final seven months of his current deal, which expires next June, and can sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club in just six weeks.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are set to offer Alioski a significant pay hike in a bid to tie him down beyond 2021.

A deal worth more than £30,000-a-week, and £5million-plus in total, is set to be put on the table for the versatile wide man.

A four-year contract would bring Alioski in line with other long-serving Leeds stars of a similar age.

The likes of Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling and Mateusz Klich all signed deals in the autumn of last year when they were in their late 20s that run until 2023 or 2024.

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This site revealed last month that United were opening new contract talks with the extrovert Alioski, who is a key member of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

He has started three of the team’s last four Premier League matches at left-back, including Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

It was the latest impressive display from Alioski as Leeds produced a dominant performance that yielded 24 goal attempts and saw them hit the woodwork three times.

He has made eight appearances for United this season, five of which have been in the starting XI.

A 39-times international, he has played 141 times for Leeds since his summer-of-2017 arrival and scored 20 goals as well as supplied 16 assists.

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