West Ham said likely to go back in for Leeds star striker

Ross McCormack is the subject of more transfer speculation as Massimo Cellino looks to reshape Leeds United.

Leeds have, of course, suffered a season of turmoil. Off-pitch problems have engulfed the team, and recent performances have regressed to an almost primitive level - one win in 12 tells a story of its own.

One of few Leeds United highlights of the season, however, has been striker Ross McCormack.

Top scorer with 27 goals, the former Cardiff City forward has also contributed five assists, and is the highest rated Leeds player on whoscored.com. And a remarkable tally of 17 goals by January had peaked the interest of Premier League struggler's West Ham, with a £4 million deal rejected by then Leeds chairman Salah Nouruddin.

Yet, as the current season draws to a close, the Hammers are thought likely to pounce on the instability at Leeds to have another go for their target.

Following Leeds' 3-0 defeat to Watford - which Celino watched from the dugout - rumours of the Italian's patience with manager Brian McDermott running short can be understood. The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported, however, that Cellino's instinct is to let McDermott prove himself for the remainder of the season, but after that, all bets must surely be off.

And if McDermott does ultimately leave, there could be a major player clear-out, as Cellino imprints his own vision on the field of play too. McCormack, of course, would surely remain a player Cellino would want to keep, but many feel McCormack himself may have had enough. Don't forget, it has been suggested that McCormack attempted to return to Cardiff City last transfer deadline day, and - with Cardiff likely to be playing in the Championship next season - a move to the Hammers would surely be more attractive in the event that he did want to quit Leeds.

Whilst West Ham's earlier bid of £4 million was rejected, a fresh bid of £6m - which matches the valuation Leeds has on their star player - might just be enough to do the job. 

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