Leeds United latest: Norwich likely bidders for McCormack; potential replacement lined-up

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We bring you all the latest news about Ross McCormack's future at Leeds United

We cover the biggest news to break over the last 24 hours involving Leeds United, which includes reports on Ross McCormack's future, the striker who is close to signing for the club and Tom Lees' hopes for next season.

£5 million Ross McCormack bid not from Derby County or Cardiff City

Derby County and Cardiff City are not the Championship side that has bid £5 million for Ross McCormack.

News came out today that a second-tier side have launched an ambitious attempt to sign McCormack, but it appears that Derby, who have been linked with a move for last season’s Championship top-scorer, and Cardiff, who are one of the clubs with the money to make such a bid, are not behind the offer.

Derby's local press have reported that the Rams have not put an offer in, whilst Phil Hay, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, has confirmed that Cardiff are not interested in the 27-year-old.

As a result, it seems that Norwich City are the most likely club to have made the offer as they look to bolster their forward-line for the upcoming campaign.

We brought you the news yesterday that The Canaries were interested in McCormack, but it appears that they have now made a formal offer for Leeds’ club-captain.

Whether the bid will be enough to make the club sell is another question, with Massimo Cellino saying early this summer McCormack cost more than £6 million.

However, it is sure to be a worry for Leeds United fans as Norwich have a history of taking their star players in recent times.

Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson, Luciano Becchio and Robert Snodgrass have all gone from Elland Road to Carrow Road in that not so distant past and supporters of the Yorkshire side will be hoping that McCormack doesn’t follow suit.

Could a McCormack replacement already have been lined up?

Leeds United are on the verge of signing a striker today, according to reports, potentially adding further credence that McCormack is set to leave Elland Road.

The club are said to be closing in on a deal to bring Verona front-man Daniele Cacia to the club and he may be the man required to fill the McCormack shaped void, if their current star-man does leave.

Cacia has had a decent career in Italy, although struggled to find any first-team action last campaign and he has confirmed that he will be leaving Verona this summer.

"My experience ends here, unfortunately," Cacia said.

"I will take with me many fond memories, especially of the year of the promotion. Due to various reasons I have found few fond memories from the season that has just ended.

"I wanted to stay here for longer but you know, this is football."

Leeds are now favourites to sign the six foot striker, who has scored 25 goals in 40 appearances for his current club and a deal could be completed in the near future, reports in Italy suggest.

Tom Lees urges the club to start well next season

Talented defender Tom Lees has said that the club must start quickly next season, as they aim to return to the Premier League after a prolonged absence.

Leeds finished in 15th position last season, after a series of torrid performances, and will be hoping to do drastically better than that in the 2014/15 campaign.

And Lees has suggested that getting off to a good start will be imperative if they are to finally breach the automatic promotion spots.

“It is important that we get off to a good start so I’m sure we will target those first few fixtures,” he said to the club’s official site.

“I’m sure that everyone at the club is geared up to make this campaign more of a successful one.”

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