Leeds United should have acted more decisively to stop Ezgjan Alioski quitting on a free transfer.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively after Football Insider first broke news that the versatile 29-year-old has agreed pre-contract terms with Galatasaray.
The 39-time North Macedonia international had a dialogue with Leeds over a new deal but instructed his agent to find him a new club when talks collapsed.
Alioski has become a terrace favourite at Elland Road, making 162 appearances in Leeds colours since signing from Swiss side Lugano in 2017.
Campbell insists that Leeds should have doubled their efforts if they wanted to keep him under contract and not lose their asset for free.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Look, he’s run his contract down so it’s allowed. If Leeds wanted to keep him, they should have sorted a deal out.
“The fact of the matter is they haven’t sorted a deal out and now Alioski has sorted his future out.
“That’s the player’s prerogative. But if the club wanted to keep him, they should have tried harder to keep him.”
Leeds are also interested in signing the experienced Crystal Palace defender, according to reports from the Daily Mirror among a number of outlets.