Newcastle United plotting £8m move for Leeds United hotshot

Ross McCormack could be set for a move up to the Premier League next season with Newcastle United thought to be in discussions over a deal.

Alan Pardew’s plans to inject a stronger British contingent into the current Newcastle United squad could see the Toon bring Scotland international Ross McCormack to St James’ Park this summer.

According to the Shields Gazette, the Magpies have contacted the 27-year-old’s club, Leeds United, over a potential switch, which would see the forward make his long-awaited Premier League debut.

The former Cardiff City man won’t come cheap though, with reports indicating that it could take a bid of at least £8 million to prise the forward away from his Elland Road employers, following an impressive season for the Whites.

Leeds United may have failed to mount a serious challenge for promotion but McCormack was nevertheless one of the stars of the Championship last term, scoring 28 goals in 43 games for the Yorkshire club.

And while he has previously rebuffed rumours of an impending departure from the Whites, it is thought that the current turmoil surrounding the side could be enough to convince him to depart.

Manager Brian McDermott left Leeds last week, while wholesale changes to the playing squad are expected following the completion of new owner Massimo Cellino’s takeover.

The Italian could also be open to the idea of selling McCormack in a deal that would free up funds for other acquisitions.

One potential arrival is Cagliari defender Davide Astori, who was linked with a surprise move to Elland Road earlier this week.

Newcastle United, meanwhile, are set for a busy summer of spending and having already been linked with a move for Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano, after the Spaniard finished top scorer in the Europa League last term.

For now though, Pardew appears focused on recruiting more British talent, following criticism over a lack of homegrown stars at the club.

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