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Aitor Karanka in line for Leeds United job?

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Karanka could be handed the Leeds job this summer

Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has emerged as a top candidate to take over the hot seat at Leeds United following Garry Monk's surprise resignation earlier in the week.

Monk, 38, had the opportunity of extending his Leeds contract by a further year after he guided the club to a seventh-place finish - though they were destined for the playoffs for much of the season.

However, the ex-Swans boss failed to find a suitable agreement with new owner Andrea Radrizzani and therein opted to hand in his resignation in order to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.

According to The Star, Karanka is the main contender to take over the reigns at Elland Road with the club desperate to push for Premier League promotion next term.

Karanka managed to guide Boro to their first Premier League promotion in seven seasons last year, and Leeds are likely to offer him the job security in order to push for top-flight status in a year's time.

Meanwhile, Leeds United face the prospect of losing their main players for yet another season with leading scorer Chris Wood being linked with a potential Premier League move.