Leeds boss offers Toon target improved deal to stay all-White
Published 22:19 21/04/12 By Michael Morgan
Aidy White has been offered a new, improved £10,000-a-week deal to stick with Leeds.
And the highly-rated Republic of Ireland under-21 international, who can play at left-back or wide midfield, will give his home-town team his decision by the end of next week. White, 20, who is a summer target for Premier League rivals Newcastle and Bolton, held a second round of crunch talks with Elland Road boss Neil Warnock last week after rejecting United’s intitial contract offer at Christmas.
Warnock confirmed: “Hopefully, Aidy will give us his decision some time next week.” United are anxious to hang on to White, whose current deal ends this summer, and are optimistic he will decide to stay with the Championship outfit.
But they will have to persuade him their ambition matches his own. If they fail to do that, they can expect to rake in a fee of around £1.5million – the amount of compensation due to them because of his age for developing the player.
Meanwhile, Warnock has admitted the Leeds job is the toughest of his career.
The veteran boss, 63, has vowed to undertake “major surgery” in the summer and he began his re-building job by cancelling the contracts of defender Ben Parker and Finland midfielder Mika Vayrynen.
Warnock said: “It will be the most difficult job I have ever had, but I have never had one with rewards where there is the chance for the club to get regular 30,000 crowds.”