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Rui MarquesThe Daily Star – not the holy grail of truth, I know – has today reported Bolton Wanderers have joined the chase for the signature of Leeds’ influential centre-back, Rui Marques.

Rui has become a firm fans favourite at Elland Road, but his future looks uncertain with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. With Sunderland and Bolton reportedly chasing him, the temptation of top-flight football may prove too good to turn down for the Angolan international.

Gary McAllister has revealed talks with the defender have been ongoing for a couple of weeks now, but progress has been agonisingly slow. The good news for Leeds fans is that Rui is known to be settled in Leeds with his family, which may well be a decisive factor in his final decision.

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Rui MarquesGary McAllister is hopeful that he can get Rui Marques to sign a new deal in the coming weeks. The Elland Road chief said talks had been going on for two weeks, but admitted progress was slow.

Marques, who’s current contract runs out at the end of the season has been at the centre of transfer speculation lately, with newspapers suggesting he may be heading for Crystal Palace. However, Palace boss Neil Warnock told the Yorkshire Evening Post that there’s been no approach from himself so far, and it was merely speculation created by agents.

“It’s agent talk. Agents are ringing people all the time and lots of names are being mentioned to me. So I’m not commenting on anyone. It’s all annoying me now, to be honest.”

Rui Marques, and his family are known to have settled in Leeds, but Dennis Wise’s failure to tie up Marques’ contract may cost the club. Marques was an ever-present figure in Wise’s squad before leaving to join Angola in the African Cup of Nations. On his return to Elland Road, Dennis had left and been replaced by Gary McAllister.

McAllister was immediately alerted to Rui’s abilities and current situation, and moved quickly to start negotiations about extending his deal.

“Talks are ongoing – that’s all I can say. There’s agents and stuff involved and I don’t think agents are the best friends of this club at the moment.“But we’re still very hopeful. In my court, I’ve only signed a three-and-a-bit-month contract here, but I’ve been saying to the club that I think it’s in their interests to get it sorted.“Things are going along, but it’s slow. But it’s going in the right direction.”

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