Leeds: Luke Ayling in line for new deal
Leeds United are thought to be looking at extending Luke Ayling’s contract at Elland Road beyond the summer.
The Lowdown: Back as first choice…
Ayling missed the opening five Premier League games through injury, with summer signing Rasmus Kristensen featuring heavily under Jesse Marsch.
However, the 31-year-old appears to be first choice once again, starting the last four top-flight fixtures for the Whites, helping keep two clean sheets against Newcastle and Brentford. His contract is set to expire in the summer, however it looks as if Leeds officials are keen to finalise new terms.
The Latest: Contract update
MOT Leeds News provided an update regarding Ayling on Wednesday, saying that talks are ongoing with the defender’s representatives.
Leeds are apparently looking at a new deal until at least the end of the 2023/24 season, with the new terms proposed financially similar to his current package.
The Verdict: Alongside Harrison?
It looks as if Victor Orta could be a busy man over the coming weeks and months regarding new contracts, with talks also expected soon with Jack Harrison.
Ayling, who Marsch hailed for playing an ‘incredible part’ during his tenure, is clearly another player on the club’s radar, and an extension would be a wise move, although the club need to be aware of Cody Drameh’s rise after his fine spell on loan with Cardiff City last season.
The youngster is now out on loan with Luton Town and could soon be wanting regular game time in the top flight, but having Ayling, who can also provide cover at centre-back, in and around the squad for the foreseeable future appears to be a wise idea.