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Report: Leeds talent Paudie O'Connor set for new contract and loan exit

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on prior to the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Malherbe de Caen on August 8, 2015 at the...

Leeds United are reportedly looking to loan out defender Paudie O'Connor.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

According to The Mirror, Leeds United will loan out defender Paudie O'Connor once he signs a new contract to stay with the club this summer.

Leeds are expecting a number of changes this summer having appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new boss, and the Argentinian will be moulding his own squad at Elland Road.

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on prior to the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Malherbe de Caen on August 8, 2015 at the...

Bielsa made reference to Leeds having 15 players too many in their first-team squad, and that means that a host of players can expect to be sold or loaned out as Bielsa looks to hack away at the numbers in his squad.

Now, The Mirror report that Leeds are set to loan out defender Paudie O'Connor for the new season, but only once he has agreed to sign a new contract to stay at Elland Road.

A new deal is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours, but O'Connor would then be sent out on loan in order to continue his development away from West Yorkshire.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

O'Connor, 20, joined Leeds from Limerick in his native Ireland back in 2017, and he made four Championship appearances last term having been pressed into action by then-boss Paul Heckingbottom.

The Irishman is expected to have a bright future with Leeds, but a season in League One may do his development the world of good, and it seems that Bielsa has quickly decided that he isn't quite ready to feature regularly in the Championship.

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