The Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed that Leeds United will offer four of their first-team stars a new contract, but one of those will be demanding much more money.
Those players are captain Liam Cooper, who has excelled for Leeds this season. Bailey Peacock-Farrell is also in line for a new deal, with his current contract set to expire next summer.
Kalvin Phillips was included in the PFA Team of the Year alongside Cooper, and the midfielder is also set to be offered fresh new terms. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League, including Bournemouth.
Kemar Roofe is the fourth player that is expected to be offered a new deal. However, it is believed that the striker – who scored 15 goals last season – wants a pay rise that takes him closer to the wages earned by Patrick Bamford.
Peacock-Farrell and Roofe are set to enter the final 12 months of their contract, while Cooper and Phillips are contracted until the summer of 2021.
All four deserve new deals, even Peacock-Farrell who remains the club’s back-up goalkeeper. Cooper has been a rock at the back, Roofe has been crucial up front when fit. Phillips’ influence goes without saying.
One concern, though, is whether Leeds will be able to agree terms with Roofe. Bamford is likely to be on quite a big contract given he joined the club for £10million last summer.
With only 12 months to run and weak links to a Premier League move, Roofe is in danger of leaving this summer. Leeds must act fast, and look to find a compromise to keep Roofe at Elland Road.