Leeds United are poised to make another contract offer to Aidan White, softening the blow of the injury which appears to have ended his season.
Manager Neil Warnock confirmed today that the club are finalising a second proposal for White, who turned down an initial offer from Leeds shortly before Christmas.
White has been earmarked by Warnock as one of five first-team players who the United boss wants to tie down and secure ahead of the new Championship season.
But White, pictured above, whose current contract expires the summer, is unlikely to appear again before the end of his existing deal after injuring a leg in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Watford.
The Republic of Ireland international avoided serious damage in a first-half tackle by Watford’s Carl Dickinson, and X-rays allayed fears of a broken bone, but Warnock does not expect to have him available for selection during any of Leeds’ remaining six Championship matches.
Warnock said: “He’ll be out for a while.
“It’s not too serious and there’s no break in it, that’s the good thing. But I’d be very surprised if he plays again this season. It’s a shame because he’s done well.”
White has played regularly during Warnock’s short time as manager, operating predominantly on the right side of midfield despite being naturally left-footed, and his performances led Warnock to request contract talks with United’s academy product last month.
Leeds made White an initial offer during the first half of this season but he rejected their terms and seemed increasingly likely to leave Elland Road until Warnock stepped in to initiate fresh negotiations.
The winger is believed to favour the option of remaining with Leeds but he is attracting interest from the Premier League and was watched by scouts from two top-flight clubs during United’s recent Championship win at Middlesbrough.
Reports over the weekend claimed Norwich City, who have signed Bradley Johnson and Jonathan Howson from Leeds in the past 12 months, were among the sides monitoring his situation.
Due to his age, United would receive compensation were White to join another English club during the close season but Warnock said: “We’re finalising a contract offer to him. He should be getting that in the next seven days or so.”