The Daily Record claim Leeds United winger Stuart McKinstry is set to leave Elland Road on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season – with clubs from England and Scotland interested in landing his signature.

The 20-year-old winger has spent the last season on loan at Motherwell, his boyhood club. But his Leeds deal will end in the summer, and his future is in doubt. In November, The Sun said Leeds were planning to extend his stay.

But having struggled in the second half of the season and managing just four goals in 24 games, it looks as if Leeds have changed their mind. The latest report states Leeds are willing to let the Scotland U21 man leave on a free.

The report claims that a number of Scottish and English clubs are showing interest in a move for McKinstry ahead of the expiration of his deal. Scottish clubs can approach him now on a pre-contract deal, English clubs from June 1.

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Stuart McKinstry set to leave Leeds on a free transfer at end of season

The right move. While McKinstry is a talent and was handed his debut by Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League in a loss to Tottenham – and then, in the Cup against Fulham – he has little chance of breaking in on a regular basis.

Even if the Whites go down, the club still have numerous options on the flanks. McKinstry has failed to show while north of the border that he is even of Championship standard. There is interest, but unlikely from the second tier.

North, he might have a couple of clubs from the Premiership looking at him. But it is unclear if one of those will be Motherwell. He needs to find a new club in which he will play regularly and begin to turn potential into quality.

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