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Leeds could lose Kewell and Viduka

07/05/2003 06:43:42 PM Comments (0)

Leeds United could lose Socceroos Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka next season, with reports Kewell is delaying contract talks and Viduka is being targeted by Tottenham.

Kewell comes off contract with Leeds in 12 months' time and the club has offered him a deal worth almost STG45,000 ($A113,500) a week, making him the highest paid player in the club's history, the Daily Star says.

But Kewell is refusing to sign a new contract until he knows who will be managing the club next season.

Peter Reid stepped in as caretaker manager after Terry Venables was sacked and the board meets to discuss a permanent successor.

New Leeds chairman Professor John Mackenzie met Kewell and agent Bernie Mandic in London last week and Mackenzie is confident the star will stay with the club that signed him from Australia as a 16-year-old.

Manchester United and Inter Milan are believed to be interested in signing him.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror says Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle is trying to sign Viduka to revive his club's flagging fortunes.

Tottenham tried to sign Viduka before he moved to Leeds in 2000.

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