EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has revealed that  “£10million player” Kemar Roofe will have his agent in his ear urging him to  seal a massive pay hike from quitting Leeds United.

Roofe’s future at the Yorkshire giants is up in the air as he is out of contract in 12 months and the club have been slow to tie him down to an extension.

This has helped strengthen the negotiating hand of the 26-year-old, who has publicly hinted that his intention is to start next season at Elland Road.

Nonetheless, Football Insider revealed last week that Roofe wants pay parity with Leeds’ top earners like Patrick Bamford as he seeks a £30,000-a-week deal and there is interest in his services from Premier League new boys Aston Villa.

“If the player wants to leave, then there is a good chance he will,” ex-United striker Whelan told Football Insider. “The agent will be whispering in his ear and thinking about the pound signs.

“He will be telling him he can double his salary at a new club this summer, or he can see out his contract and get a bumper deal and signing-on fee next year, with Leeds losing out on a £10million transfer fee. That would be terrible business for Leeds.”

Roofe was Leeds’ top scorer in the recent Championship campaign, netting 15 times despite missing a third of the season due to injuries.

He joined United for £3million from Oxford United in the summer of 2016 on a four-year contract that expires next summer.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a Whites ace is quitting after agreeing a £13,000-a-week contract with a new club.