Leeds United have rejected a £10 million bid for Ross McCormack from Fulham, as Felix Magath’s men step-up their interest in Leeds’ star-player.
According to Simon Austin, a journalist who was recently in contact with Massimo Cellino, he has it on ‘good authority’ that Leeds are determined to keep hold of McCormack and even rebuffed Fulham’s eight-figure offer.
@banksthomasw nothing new really, though I'm told on good authority that a £10m Fulham bid was rejected. Brave move— Simon Austin (@sport_simon) July 6, 2014
McCormack has recently been put on extended leave by the club, at his own request, after he was due to join up with the rest of the Leeds squad in pre-season training in Italy this week.
Last season’s Championship top-scorer had previously spoken of his desire to guide Leeds back to the Premier League, but appears to have had his head turned by interest from other clubs this summer, and handed in a transfer request earlier this month.
In reaction to that Leeds announced that they were no longer in a position where they needed to sell their best players and the rejection of this current offer proves the statement to be true.
McCormack is still expected to leave the Yorkshire club this summer, though, with Fulham in the driving seat to secure his signature. Newcastle United and Norwich City have also been strongly linked previously and may still rekindle their interest – although the hefty price-tag Leeds have put on him has proved a stumbling block so far.
It was widely accepted that £10 million would be enough to prise him away from Elland Road, but that now appears an insufficient fee for Leeds’ demands.
If any club were to pay more than that amount to secure the 27-year-old it would have to be considered a huge risk, considering he has no Premier League experience in his career to date.
Fulham, though, are understood to be desperate to land the signing of McCormack and he tops their transfer wishlist for the summer, following their relegation from the Premier League last season, meaning a repeat bid could be made.
The former Cardiff City man notched 28 Championship goals last campaign for the Whites and if he does get a move the hope is that he can match or better that tally again this year.