Kemar Roofe’s contract with Leeds runs out next summer and the club are keen to start negotiating a new deal, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay.

The 25-year-old has been a key man this season, scoring six league goals in nine appearances to help the Whites top the Championship table.

Roofe has netted 24 times in 98 appearances for the Yorkshire club since joining from Oxford United in July 2016.

Goals in consecutive matches against Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest following his return from injury underlined his importance to Leeds.

With the club mounting a genuine promotion challenge, the last thing they would want is for others to pick off their best assets.

And with Roofe having less than 18 months remaining on his current deal, Leeds have reportedly already thought about sitting down for talks with his representatives.

“There was a suggestion that Leeds talks would start promptly, but I’ve been asking this week and it sounds like the club are going to take a couple of months to look at it and decide what level they want to go to,” Hay told his paper’s Inside Elland Road podcast.

However, the journalist believes that negotiations may not be smooth, suggesting that the two parties may be some way apart in what they feel Roofe is worth.

“They’re absolutely clear that they do want to tie him down to another contract. Roofe will not be on a high salary compared to other players and he won’t be anywhere near the level of Patrick Bamford,” Hay added.

“Given that he won the Player of the Month and he’s playing as well as he ever had, he’ll be looking for parity, a substantial rise, a fair deal that he considers in comparison to other high earners at Leeds.

“I’d suggest it’s one Leeds have a lot of work to do on.

“The last thing they want to do is to get to January or next summer where he’s got less than 12 months left on his deal.

“Roofe’s people seem to be concerned that Leeds won’t be able to give him what he wants but the club seems very confident about it and in the next two, three, four months we should see some progress.”

The news that the club may not be keen to immediately tie Roofe down to a long-term contract could concern some fans, particularly those who feel he is crucial to their own future success.

On the other hand, these are more prudent times at Elland Road and Leeds will clearly not be held to ransom by any player – however many goals they score and awards they win.

In the meantime, supporters will hope that any speculation about his future will not affect Roofe’s performances on the pitch.

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