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Leeds United legend: 'If someone offers £10m for McCormack the club should consider it'

Ross McCormack warming up for Leeds United

Eddie Gray believes that Leeds United will benefit from the departure of Ross McCormack, but only if he leaves for the right price.

Eddie Gray was part of the legendary Leeds team of the 1960's and 70's - winning the Football League First Division, the FA Cup, the League Cup and reaching the final of the 1975 European Cup. He has been voted the third greatest ever player in Leeds United's history, and is generally considered to have scored one of the greatest goals of all time with a miraculous solo run and finish against Burnley in 1970.

He currently works as a Football Ambassador for the Whites, as well as writing a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It was in this column that the former Scotland international suggested that star striker and club captain Ross McCormack should be allowed to leave Elland Road if the right offer comes in, believing that, whilst fans may be disappointed at his departure, the £10 million fee being rumoured would help the club in the long run.

He said: "If Ross McCormack leaves Leeds United it will be disappointing for everybody. But football is like that and players move on.

"If Ross is determined to move then you can’t do much about it though Massimo Cellino has come out and said that he wants him to stay at the club. And, until these things are actually finalised, nobody knows.

"Obviously you don’t want to lose your best players, like has happened to the club in the past, but that’s the nature of the game. If Ross wants to play for someone else or at a higher level or whatever, that’s up to him.

"If he goes to Fulham who are in the same division it will be disappointing but money talks in football. And Ross will be thinking that it could be a good move. If he does move he will probably be better off financially and he can secure his future – that’s the way he’ll look at it.

"But from the supporters’ point of view it would be disappointing losing your top player and there’s no doubt that Ross was our top player last season.

"Every player has his price and it’s no secret that our club aren’t in a great state financially. The president has put a lot of money into the club to keep it stable. So if you get the right offer then you’ve got to look at it.

"Ross is 27 and if we get an offer around this £10m mark that everyone is talking about then you would think they would have to consider it. From a business point of view, if you get that type of money for a player in the Championship then you are doing well and maybe some money will come back into the club."

Despite knowing how important the Scottish international is to the Leeds set up, Gray does believe that there is an over reliance on his talents, and suggests that keeping him around limits the potential squad building that can take place.

"If Ross stayed at the club and we never brought any players in then we wouldn’t be in contention next year as it would be like last season," he said. "If you lose a player and that means bringing stronger players in that are going to make you a stronger team – even though you are going to lose your strongest individual – then you’ve got to look at that situation, especially when you think of the finances as well."

It appears increasingly likely that McCormack is destined to leave this summer, having been granted extended leave by the club. If the 27-year old does depart, fans will be hoping that the club follow Gray's advice and invest the money wisely - strengthening the squad as the Whites search for a Premier League return.

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