Phil Hay has claimed that Leeds United are locked in in contract talks with Gjanni Alioski, a development that has split the fanbase.

The full-back is out of contract in the summer and a report claimed on Wednesday that Alioski has agreed a deal in principle to join Galatasaray.

Losing a player like Alioski is one thing – losing him to Galatasaray is another entirely.

Leeds also risk the 28-year-old departing for free too, with foreign clubs able to make an approach on a pre-contract deal now.

Some fans are desperate for the Macedonian to stay, so news of contract talks have been warmly received by some.

Alioski had to be patient for game time in the early part of the season but has now established himself at left-back with Leeds suffering from injury problems, starting 12 consecutive league games.

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However, there are other fans who think he’s not good enough for the Premier League.

He has had mixed success since coming into the side, achieving a WhoScored average rating of 6.6.

However, we think it’s a bit harsh to write him off and that most of the backlash from fans is down to who he’s been linked to.

It’s important to remember that these reports may have absolutely no basis in fact.

We think Alisoki is a perfect squad member, although he’s likely to be used from the bench when we’re at full strength or from next season.

We also think that Leeds need a natural left-back in the summer and that could threaten his game time even more.

We want him to stay. Other fans aren’t so sure.

Here is some of the reaction to Hay’s suggestion that contract talks are currently taking place…

 

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