By Wayne Veysey

9th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Leeds in advanced talks to agree 'big money' pre-January deal after Phillips green light

Leeds United are confident of agreeing a big-money new Kalvin Phillips contract before the end of the year, Football Insider understands.

This site broke the news on 16 September that the Yorkshire giants have opened preliminary negotiations with the midfielder over a new long-term deal.

A source with knowledge of Phillips’ situation has told Football Insider that discussions are progressing well and reaching an advanced stage.

Leeds want a signature in place before the opening of the January window and to quell any speculation that could arise.

Phillips is very keen to commit to a new deal with the club where he has spent his entire career.

It is expected to include a considerable pay hike for a player who is now an established England international.

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Phillips’ current deal, signed in September 2019 when United were still in the Championship, runs until the summer of 2024.

His career has been transformed by Marcelo Bielsa, who has helped develop him into one of the outstanding midfield anchormen in the Premier League.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani has made it a priority to tie down arguably the player most important to making Bielsa’s side tick.

As quoted by Leeds Live, Whites chief executive Angus Kinnear revealed in programme notes that over £100million of interest in their players had been ‘vigorously resisted’ this summer.

Phillips is believed to have been one of those in demand among rival clubs.

In other news, Leeds United “have told star to stay away from Thorp Arch”.