Leeds United appear to have been handed a boost in their hopes of keeping players like Ben White and Jack Harrison once their loan spells at Elland Road expire.
When Leeds signed White, 22, and Harrison, 23, on season-long loans from Brighton and Manchester City respectively in the summer, those contracts were meant to end at the end of June.
However as the Championship season may run past that point, there is a chance that White and Harrison could return to their parent clubs before Marcelo Bielsa’s side is able to complete the campaign.
Leeds’ promotion rivals West Brom also have a couple of players on loan from the Premier League with Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson both on temporary deals at The Hawthorns from West Ham and Sheffield United.
According to Express & Star journalist Joseph Masi, both the Hammers and the Blades have told West Brom they can keep Diagana and Robinson until the season is completed, whenever that might be.
Albion have triggered their option to extend Kyle Edwards' contract by 12 months. The Baggies have also received confirmation from West Ham & Sheff U that Diangana and Robinson will remain on loan if/when football returns. https://t.co/aww3a6wZ4j #wba
— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) May 5, 2020
If that is the stance of two Premier League clubs then it’s likely that Brighton and Man City will reciprocate that with White and Harrison.
Both players are contenders to win the player of the season award with Leeds this season after impressing for the Championship’s leading club.
If Bielsa was to lose either of those with matches left to play, it would be a massive blow, especially as both of them have started every single league fixture this term, with White playing every single minute.
Leeds do have other players on loan at Elland Road but Helder Costa’s permanent switch from Wolves will go ahead no matter what.
As for Illan Meslier and Jean-Kevin Augustin, it is unclear what the clubs in France and Germany would do.
However Lorient have already been awarded promotion from Ligue 2 and have no matches left to play until next season can start, so that could be seen as a boost towards the chances of keeping Meslier.
With Augustin, the Bundesliga seems like it might restart at some point in the near future so we will have to wait and see for what RB Leipzig decide to do.
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