Leeds United should say their goodbyes to Ezgjan Alioski and set their sights on a top-class replacement, according to Kevin Phillips. 

The former Sunderland forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, also claimed that getting Alioski off the wage bill will serve Leeds well ahead of the summer transfer window.

Earlier this week, Turkish news outlet Milliyet reported that Alioski, 29, had turned down a new deal at Elland Road and was ‘very close’ to agreeing to join Galatasaray.

Football Insider revealed last month that the converted left-back had instructed his agent to find him a new club.

Alioski is out of contract in the summer and he is free to agree to pre-contract terms with any club outside of England.

Phillips insists Alioski will leave Elland Road amicably despite potentially joining Galatasary, a side Leeds fans strongly dislike after the violent coming together between fans of both clubs before 2000’s UEFA Cup semi-final.

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“They’ve had their time together, Leeds and Alioski. It’s time for club and player to move on,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“He’s been a good servant. He’s played at left-back at times this season and that’s not his position so he’ll probably go somewhere where he can play in that natural role. 

“It’s the right time for Leeds to free up a wage as well and that will help them to bring someone else in during the summer. 

“You shake his hand to say well done and thank you for your efforts and both parties will move on.”

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Alioski has been mainly used as a left-back this season despite being a winger by trade.

He has scored two goals in 26 Premier League outings in what is looking like his last season in a Leeds United shirt.

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