Carlton Palmer: Ezgjan Alioski could sign new Leeds United deal
Former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer is expecting Ezgjan Alioski to pen a new deal despite the summer exit links.
The North Macedonia international has been widely tipped to join Turkish giants Galatasaray on a free when his contract at Elland Road expires at the end of the month [Phil Hay].
However, Football Insider claims Leeds have offered Alioski another new and improved deal in a final bid to convince him to stay, and Palmer now reckons the versatile 29-year-old could make a U-turn.
“You don’t want to lose any of your good players,” the former Leeds star told The Transfer Tavern.
“The problem that you’ve got, though, is the players get their heads turned by agents who are always touting their players around.
“Obviously Marcelo Bielsa wants to keep him and I’m sure they’ll reach an agreement. If the player wants to stay, they’ll reach an agreement.”
Good news for Leeds
Getting Alioski to stay at Elland Road will be a huge deal for us, and we hope the club can convince him to sign a new deal.
A move to Galatasaray looked all but wrapped up, and Leeds really need to hold on to one of their best players beyond this summer.
Despite not being a left-back by trade, Alioski impressed in the position in his debut Premier League season, scoring twice and assisting thrice in 36 top-flight appearances.
Bielsa is apparently not keen on letting such an important player go, and it will be interesting to see whether he agrees to our new terms.
Alioski needs to improve on his concentration and discipline, but his work rate can never be faulted, and his attacking abilities have come in very handy.
Getting a replacement capable of hitting the ground running and playing exactly how Bielsa wants could prove herculean, and it is why holding on to the winger is very important.
Leeds are expected to sign another left-back regardless of Alioski’s decision, and the new man can learn from him and take his time adapting to the style at Elland Road should he stay.
In other Leeds news, UK club wants £5m plus sell-on clause for Elland Road-linked left-back.