Leeds United will hold contract talks with star trio Kemar Roofe, Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke at the end of the season, Football Insider sources understands.
The promotion hopefuls opened talks with Phillips and Roofe at the start of the season, but, as revealed by Football Insider, subsequently informed the players’ representatives at the turn of the year that discussions had been put on the backburner.
A club source has told Football Insider that negotiations with the senior duo and rising star Clarke will now be held at the culmination of the current campaign.
The delay and uncertainty surrounding the contract talks for the trio has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert, with all three instrumental in Leeds’ pursuit of automatic promotion.
Forward Roofe, who will enter the final 12 months of his contract at Leeds in the summer, tops the club’s scoring charts with 14 league goals from 26 matches this season and has been one of the most effective forwards in this season’s Championship.
Central midfielder Phillips, who has started 34 of United’s 38 league matches and has developed into one of the best anchormen in the division, is under contract until 2021.
Winger Clarke is also out of contract in 2021 after signing a four-year contract when he turned professional on his 17th birthday in November 2017.