The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Stuart McKinstry is set to leave Leeds United and while English clubs are keen on landing the Scottish talent – he would much prefer to return to his home country on a permanent basis this summer.

McKinstry, 20, joined Leeds back in the summer of 2019. He has since clocked up 44 appearances for the reserves, and even broke into the senior team on two occasions – once in the Carabao Cup, and in the League, against Spurs.

Then, last summer, he rejoined Motherwell on loan for the 22-23 season. It comes after leaving Fir Park to join Leeds for a fee of £350,000. The Record claimed this week that McKinstry will be released by Leeds on a free transfer.

He started well at Motherwell on loan this season but has struggled towards the end of the campaign. It is unlikely that he earns a permanent move to the Well. The YEP state that there is plenty of interest in the winger this summer.

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McKinstry is open to joining an English club, perhaps in League One or League Two, on a free. But, that is if those in and around McKinstry are unable to agree a move to a Scottish club. He prefers a permanent move to Scotland.

McKinstry prefers to return to Scotland from Leeds on a permanent basis

McKinstry will not be returning to Thorp Arch for pre-season training, which takes place towards the end of June. So, he needs to make a decision ideally before then. He is good enough for a side in the top tier of Scottish football.

The Well sit in seventh and while he has impressed at times – having a hand in six goals in his 24 games, he is good enough to start for another Premiership side. A Kilmarnock, a Ross County, a Livingston for example. Time will tell.

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