By Wayne Veysey

31st May, 2019 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Leeds in battle to keep senior star set to demand £6.2m deal

Kemar Roofe is set to demand a bumper £30,000-a-week contract when negotiations finally begin with Leeds United over a new deal, Football Insider can reveal.

The United striker, 26, is about to enter the final year of his contract, signed when he joined the club from Oxford United in the summer of 2016.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that discussions are set to start imminently on an extension for their leading scorer in the season that recently ended in play-off heartache.

The Yorkshire giants had initially planned to open talks with Roofe last autumn but put them on hold until the end of the season while their promotion bid was in the balance.

Leeds are braced for difficult negotiations with the forward, who is a free agent in a year’s time and is seeking a deal that lifts him into the top bracket of earners at Elland Road along with Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.

Both those players command deals of £30,000-a-week and above, and Roofe’s camp believes he is entitled to the same after topping the club’s goal charts with 15 league strikes in 2018-19.

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He is targeting a four-year deal worth £6.2million, similar to the deals handed to both Bamford last summer and then Casilla in January.

Leeds’ decision to delay talks has left them in a tough negotiating position, as they know the West Brom academy product can run down his deal and be a high profile Bosman free in 12 months.

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