Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that the offer that Gjanni Alioksi has in front of him is not going to be improved by Leeds United.
He said that Alioski hasn’t agreed to sign the deal on the table and that it’s looking “increasingly likely” that he will leave when his contract runs out at the end of the season.
Alioski made the headlines and came in for abuse from some Leeds fans this week after it was reported that he had signed a pre-contract agreement with Galatasaray. [Football Insider]
Hay said that he doesn’t think anything has been formally signed but that “talk of Galatasaray is extremely strong”.
Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, Hay said, “I’m absolutely certain Leeds will go for a [new] left-back [in the summer], given Alioski has still not taken the offer on the table and given that I don’t expect Leeds to revise that offer or up it at all, it does increasingly look like he will be going.
“They’ve reached the point where they need an out-and-out left-back, a specialist in that area.
“Leeds want him to stay, there’s an offer on the table, it won’t be improved or changed, he’ll either accept it or not.
“I can’t say if he’s going to Galatasaray, I don’t think anything has been formally accepted but the talk of Galatasaray is extremely strong.”
End is nigh
If Alioksi does leave and signs for Galatasaray then it will be a sour end to his brilliant career at Leeds – and that will be a big shame.
He’s been a loyal servant to Leeds, playing regularly at left-back even though it’s not his favoured position.
He won’t be on a huge amount of money at Leeds and hasn’t signed a new contract last year or since promotion, so is still firmly on Championship wages.
At 29, this is his last chance at getting a lucrative contract and given that he said that he loved Leeds as recently as January, the deals he’s looking at elsewhere must be significantly better than what Leeds are offering him.
Fans angry at him moving to Galatasaray should really take that into account and ask themselves honestly if, given his exact situation, whether they would take the money or not.
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