Crewe boss gives update on loan extension for Leeds prospect Nicky Ajose

Leeds United

Steve Davis is working hard to get Leeds United forward Nicky Ajose to extend his loan deal with Crewe Alexandra.

Ajose originally signed for Leeds over the summer, agreeing a three-year contract at Elland Road after leaving Peterborough United.

However, his time in Yorkshire has not been a success, and, having to compete with a host of fellow new signings, and work under three separate mangers in what has proven to be a turbulent season, had left him cast out of the first-team set-up.

After making just three appearances for the Whites, he was listed for loan by Neil Redfearn when he took full control as head coach, and the 23-year-old former Manchester United prospect was allowed to leave the club to join League One side Crewe Alexandra until January 5, 2015.

He turned out four times for his loan club, and scored three times, before returning to Leeds yesterday, but Crewe boss Steve Davis is confident the youngster will return to Gresty Road to see out the remainder of the season with the Cheshire-based club. Davis confirmed that positive talks had been held with both Ajose and Redfearn, and he is confident that the player himself is keen on staying in League One, rather than fighting for his place with the Whites.

Speaking to the official Crewe website, Davis said: “I’ve spoken to Nicky and I have spoken to Neil Redfearn this morning and that was positive.

“Leeds know that we want to keep Nicky longer and Nicky wants to stay. He is enjoying it. He is playing and contributing and hopefully something can be sorted sooner rather than later.

“Of course, the decision does rest with Leeds. He is their player and we will have to be patient.

“We know what Nicky wants to do and hopefully we can do something as soon as possible because all Nicky wants to do is play football.”

With all parties seemingly up for the deal, it is expected that Ajose will likely return to Gresty Road in the coming days, with Crewe hosting Gillingham on Saturday.

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