Leeds United are planning talks with midfielder Ouasim Bouy about offering him a pay-off to leave.
The midfielder, 27, has been frozen out at Elland Road and it came as no surprise when he was omitted from United’s 25-man Premier League squad announced earlier this week.
Bouy has not played a single match for Leeds since signing on a four-year contract in the summer of 2017.
That is due to expire next June and a Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are now keen to explore measures to get the midfielder off their wage bill.
This includes offering a mutual termination of his contract, which has eight months remaining and is makes him a major earner at Elland Road.
Leeds previously discussed a settlement with Bouy last season but were unable to agree on the sum.
The player is within his rights to hold out for all the money he is owed.
The Premier League club know, however, that free-agent status would make him more attractive to potential clubs this autumn and going into January.
West Ham agreed a pay-off deal with Jack Wilshere last month ahead of his contract with the club expiring next June.
Bouy is not only completely out of the first-team picture at Leeds, he does not even train at their Thorp Arch headquarters.
He has infrequently updated his Instagram page this year, including with clips and images of him training, but there has been no post since early August.