Exclusive: Leeds braced for green light for three deals, transfer talks this week
Leeds United are braced for the green light from football chiefs to extend the contracts of three of their loan stars, Football Insider has learned.
Premier League shareholders are set to meet on Friday to discuss player contracts expiring on June 30, and the summer transfer window.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider this will have major ramifications for their loan stars completing the campaign at Elland Road as well as plans to reshape their squad for next season.
The Yorkshire giants have five loan players on their books – defender Ben White, goalkeeper Illan Meslier and star attacker trio Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Jean-Kevin Augustin.
United are increasingly hopeful they can extend the contracts of White, Harrison and Augustin until the season ends, which would be at the end of July.
It could also be the same for Meslier, although United may have already taken up their option to sign him permanently by that point.
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As revealed by Football Insider today, the Championship leaders have told his parent club Lorient they intend to push through a £5million permanent deal.
The fifth member of the quintet, Costa, signed on an initial loan from Wolves last summer that becomes permanent on 1 July.
Leeds will be especially keen to extend the season-long loans of White and Harrison, who have been absolutely integral to their promotion push.
Both have remarkably both started all 37 of their Championship matches this campaign.
In other Leeds United news, a proven star has been tipped to move to Elland Road to replace duo as £5m deal all but done.