LEEDS are ready to reward their teenage Spanish striker Mateo Joseph with a pay rise and a longer deal.
Joseph, 19, is still in his first year at Elland Road since signing from Espanyol.
But he made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the 4-3 defeat at Tottenham earlier this month.
Now Leeds are keen to tie him down with an arrangement adding a year on top of the three-and-a-half-year contract he signed in January.
That would see the youngster’s wages soar to around £1million a year including bonuses.
Born in 2003, Joseph progressed through hometown club Racing Santander’s youth academy.
He then joined Espanyol in 2017 and enjoyed five years in Barcelona before he earned his switch to England at the turn of the year.
The striker has been on fire in the Premier League 2 this term, smashing in 11 goals in eight matches.
That included four on the opening day of the season before two further hat-tricks.
Jesse Marsch clearly was impressed.
The American named Joseph on the bench for the 4-3 win over Bournemouth in November.
He gave the teenager the full 90 minutes of the 1-0 Carabao Cup exit against Wolves and then brought him on for the closing stages of the defeat to Spurs, Leeds’ final game before the World Cup break.
Joseph is eligible to represent Spain or England internationally due to his British parents but being born in the northern Cantabria region.