Monday, 10 October 2011
Blackburn and Bolton Eye Howson
Leeds United are hoping that club captain Jonny Howson will accept a new contract at the club, despite the midfielder so far refusing to accept a new deal.Leeds had opened discussions during the summer, but Howson is yet to give the club an answer as he considers his options. The 23-year-old's current deal runs out in the summer and should the midfielder decide not to sign a new deal then he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season. Leeds boss Simon Grayson is still confident that Howson will sign a new deal and extend his stay with the club he joined when he was just nine years old. "Discussions have been ongoing since the August transfer window shut," revealed Elland Road chief executive Shaun Harvey. "We have made an offer to Jonny and we are waiting for a response."Leeds just missed out on the play-off's last season and will be hoping they can finish in the top six this year, despite a difficult summer in which they lost one of their most influential players, Max Gradel. A number of Premier League clubs, including Bolton and Blackburn, are said to be monitoring the situation at Leeds as they attempt to land the former England Under-21 international.