Leeds United transfer rumours: Gjanni Alioski 'very close' to leaving Elland Road, Whites urged to hijack £15m Leicester City move

Gjanni Alioski’s future at Leeds United is no closer to being resolved as his contract ticks down into the final few months.

Elland Road, the home of Leeds United Football Club. (Photo by Nigel French - Pool/Getty Images)

The North Macedonian, at present, is set to leave Elland Road at the end of the season, four years after joining from Swiss side Lugano.

During that time, Alioski has become a terrace favourite, playing a big part on and off the pitch in the Whites’ successful Premier League promotion charge.

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The 29-year-old was first linked with Galatasaray in January – and reports have resurfaced over the last 24 hours.

Barcelona have reached a verbal agreement with Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who was linked to a move to the Premier League at the end of his contract this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

As per Turkish outlet Milliyet, Alioski is said to have rejected Leeds’ latest contract offer and is ‘very close’ to joining Gala.

Alioski has started the Whites’ previous four matches on the bench, fueling speculation over his future.

YEP chief football writer Graham Smyth tweeted in response to the rumours: “Hasn't rejected an offer as far as I'm aware. Nor has he signed it, however.”

Crystal Palace are plotting moves for Sheffield United‘s John Lundstram and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher this summer with Roy Hodgson and a number of first-team players out-of-contract. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, former England and Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged his former club to hijack Leicester City’s move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

It was reported last week that the Foxes were closing in on a £15million deal, who would reunite with Brendan Rodgers.

However, Robinson wants to see Leeds, who were linked with the 23-year-old last summer, join the race and supply competition for Patrick Bamford.

Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “I think there’s a need in the summer to bring a striker in.

Real Madrid are showing interest in Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez. Zinedine Zidane has been following the Algerian for some time. (Footmercato)

“£15m for Odsonne Edouard is a really great deal. If anyone can get him for £15m it would be amazing.

“I’d love to see Leeds hijack that deal. Edouard can play as a nine and he’s strong. He’s a player who can also play behind the striker.

“If you can get him for £15m… I’d like to see Leeds hijack that deal but I think a lot of other clubs will be in for him too.

“He won’t be on Premier League wages either at Celtic. It won’t take a lot to buy out his contract.”

Christian Pulisic’s situation at Chelsea has put Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich on red alert. The 22-year-old is yet to start a game under new boss Thomas Tuchel. (Daily Mail)

Here are the latest transfer headlines from Leeds and their Premier League rivals:

Manchester United are ready to make Dean Henderson their number one goalkeeper, which means they are prepared to listen for David de Gea this summer. (90min via Daily Mail)
The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund ‘look to have given up’ on a takeover of Newcastle United after opening talks with Serie A club Inter Milan. (The Sun)
Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to hijack Leicester City’s reported £15million move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. (MOT Leeds News)
Gjanni Alioski has turned down Leeds United’s latest contract offer in favour of a move to Galatasaray. The 29-year-old is said to be “very close” to joining the Turkish giants. (Milliyet)
Jermaine Beckford has cheekily tweeted Erling Haaland urging him to join Leeds following his brace in the Champions League last night. He posted: “Have you heard the rumour about you joining @LUFC this summer? You might as well.” (Various)