Leeds United will attempt to reach a contract agreement with Aidan White when the youngster’s advisors hold fresh talks with Neil Warnock next week.
Warnock is due to meet White’s representatives at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon to discuss an improved deal offered to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.
Leeds have returned to White with a second proposal after seeing him reject their initial offer in November, and they are bidding to prevent him leaving Elland Road when his current deal expires at the end of this season.
The latest round of discussions comes as club captain Robert Snodgrass weighs up a contract extension which would make him the highest earner in the squad at Leeds.
United manager Warnock has also reaffirmed his commitment to making written offers to midfielder Adam Clayton and striker Ross McCormack, both of whom are tied to Elland Road until the summer of 2013, but White’s future could be decided next week.
The 20-year-old, who is currently on the sidelines with a leg injury, is a target for a number of Premier League sides and was watched by scouts from two top-flight clubs during Leeds’ win at Middlesbrough last month.
Warnock said: “I’ve spoken to Aidy and we’ve made him an offer with him being injured for the rest of the season.
“I’ve spoken to him personally since I made the offer and his father’s coming in on Monday to see me with an advisor.”
White has played 39 times for Leeds this term, his first full season as a first-team regular at Elland Road, but he is weeks away from the end of the long-term deal he signed in 2008.
Due to his age, Leeds would earn a sizeable sum of compensation if White chooses to join another English club this summer but Warnock has made it clear that he wants to retain the versatile academy product next season.
White and Snodgrass were part of a small group of players who Warnock targeted for contract talks shortly after his appointment as manager in February.
McCormack and Clayton are also on Warnock’s list and have held preliminary talks with Leeds, though they are yet to receive official offers to extend their deals.
Warnock said: “I’ve concentrated on those two (Snodgrass and White) but we’ve spoken to Ross’ man and Clayton’s man.
“We haven’t actually given them written offers yet but that will be coming.”