Ezgjan Alioski is closer than any other Leeds United to signing a new contract, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

After goalkeeper Illan Meslier impressed in the 1-0 win against Eveton on Saturday, a Leeds supporter asked Hay whether the Frenchman was going to get a new contract at Elland Road.

However, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist ruled out a new deal for Meslier as he’d only joined permanently in the summer and instead revealed Alioski is the closest to getting fresh terms.

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Writing on The Athletic website, Hay said: “He’s only just signed so I don’t think they’re under any pressure there. Alioski is the closest to a new deal.”

Earlier this month, Hay reported that “Leeds United have opened contract negotiations” with Alioski and “talks are at a preliminary stage”.

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Alioski has been impressive for Leeds in the Premier League since winning promotion from the Championship last season.

The 28-year-old has been one of the mainstays of Leeds in the last three years, arriving in the first wave of new signings when Victor Orta was hired as director of football in 2017.

Although the North Macedonia international didn’t hit the ground running, he has come on exceptionally well under Marcelo Bielsa and is more than worthy of a new deal.

Alioski’s existing terms expire at the end of the season so hopefully an agreement will be reached by the time the January transfer window opens.

If not, clubs from outside of England will be able to approach Alioski on a pre-contract ahead of potentially signing him for free next summer.

We don’t want that to happen so it’s imperative the ex-Lugano ace puts pen to paper as soon as possible so that he remains a Leeds player when he’s representing North Macedonia at the European Championships next summer.

In other Leeds United news, some fans have blasted this “pathetic” and “selfish” Leeds player for what he did at Everton.

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