By Harry Sykes
Andrea Radrizzani is set to offer Garry Monk the biggest Leeds deal of any manager or player for many years, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Elland Road owner is ready to back Monk to the hilt by handing him a five-year contract and the backing he wants to secure promotion to the Premier League.
It is said that Radrizzani, who will imminently take full control of Leeds by buying Massimo Cellino’s half-share of the club, regards Monk as the manager to take the club back to the top flight after 13 years in the lower leagues.
He is ready to give the former Swansea boss, 38, the guarantees he wants in the transfer market and in the long-term planning needed to build on the promise of this season.
Leeds’ promotion bid fell narrowly short after a final-month collapse meant they ended the Championship campaign in seventh position, one place and five points short of the play-offs.
A five-year contract would be a huge statement of intent from Radrizzani, who is on the verge of a full takeover of the Yorkshire giants after buying 50 per cent of the club in December.
Leeds have not handed a five-year contract to a manager or a player for many years, with the club dealing almost exclusively in short-term deals.
Monk, who became the seventh manager of the Cellino era last June, was handed a 12-month contract when he was appointed, just like the majority of his predecessors.
Most of the players are handed deals lasting no more than three years, with a rare exception being the four-year agreement handed to Chris Wood when he signed from Leicester in the summer of 2015 for £3million.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.