Exclusive: Leeds to open talks with trio within weeks

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Leeds plan to open contract talks with key trio Kalvin Phillips, Kemar Roofe and Jack Clarke next month, Football Insider understands.

Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds were due to hold discussions over new deals with all three players during the season, but the club put off all talks until the end of the season to focus on trying to win promotion back to the Premier League.

A club source has told Football Insider Leeds are keen to keep hold of all three players and they know they will be better placed to tie them down to new long-term contracts should they secure entry to the top club

Roofe, who has seen his season interrupted by injuries, is soon to be entering the final year of his contract at Elland Road and a number of clubs have been monitoring his contract situation.

Midfielder Phillips has arguably been Leeds’ best player this season and his form saw him named in the Championship Team of the Season.

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The 23-year-old signed a new deal to keep him at Leeds until 2021 in the summer of 2017 and he was due a renewal earlier this season only for Leeds to put a block on any new contracts.

Several Premier League sides are understood to be keeping tabs on Phillips and Leeds could face a battle to keep hold of him should they not win promotion out of the Championship.

Exciting winger Clarke has burst onto the scene at Leeds this season and he is one of the lowest paid players in the current Leeds first-team.

A number of Premier League clubs made enquiries about Clarke during the January transfer window and his suitors are expected to make moves for him this summer if Leeds fail to secure him on a new contract when they open talks.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED the club are preparing a £7million bid for a central player.