Whites To Make A Decision On Aidy
By Kevin Markey
Updated Wednesday, 14th March 2012
Leeds United face a major decision over the future of Aidan White as Premier League clubs prepare to move for the Republic of Ireland U-21 international.
Two top-flight sides sent scouts to watch White’s performance against Middlesbrough on Sunday with a view to signing the 20-year-old when his deal expires at the end of June, writes Phil Hay in the YEP.
White’s contractual situation at Elland Road remains unchanged since he rejected the offer of an extension from Leeds shortly before Christmas.
The versatile defender, who has unexpectedly reverted to the right wing under new manager Neil Warnock, is rapidly approaching the end of the long-term deal he agreed with United in 2007 after emerging from their academy.
Leeds are protected financially due to White’s age and would be entitled to compensation if he leaves Elland Road and joins another English club this summer.
But White, pictured above, has been central to Warnock’s plans in his short time as manager and he set up the opening goal during an impressive display in Sunday’s 2-0 victory at The Riverside.
Warnock praised the youngster afterwards, saying: “Aidy’s doing well.
“Alright, he has too many touches at times and he’s got things to learn but for a left-back he’s not doing badly up front.
“I fancied him in that position when I first saw him. I don’t think he did or my staff. But he’s quite capable if he keeps believing and scores a few goals himself.”
White is not believed to have received an improved offer from Leeds since rejecting their initial approach but Warnock revealed last week that he planned to review the status of every Leeds player with a dwindling deal.
Robert Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Adam Clayton are due to run into the last year of their agreements next season, and White is one of a number of squad members who could depart this summer at the end of their deals.
Speaking ahead of United’s valuable win at Boro, a victory which revived their chances of qualifying of the play-offs, Warnock said: “I’m speaking to the players and I’ll speak to their agents in the next few days. At the moment there aren’t enough hours in the day.
“All the players with a year or less, I need to talk to.”