Gary Rowett comments on transfer interest in Clayton Donaldson

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Donaldson is wanted by both Leeds United and Reading.

Reading are set to submit a second offer for Donaldson, and with Leeds also interested in the striker, Gary Rowett has commented on his future to the Birmingham Mail.

He said: “If you look at the Clayton situation, regardless of any interest shown, we have not solicited any bids, we have not enticed any bids. He is a player we don’t want to sell. It’s just speculation, I fully expect and want Clayton to be our player next year, he is an integral part of what we are doing.”

GetReading referenced the Royals wish to submit an improved offer for the striker, whilst HITC Sport reported that Leeds are keen on signing the 31-year-old this summer.

A proven Championship level goalscorer, he would add strength and an attacking threat to any team that signed him, but Rowett has ruled out a sale.

Donaldson is a key figure for the Blues, and losing him would be a big blow for the club who are looking to start progressing after finding stability under Rowett.

It is stated later in the report that Rowett has yet to hold talks with Donaldson concerning his future, and, although he only has one year left on his contract, the manager is confident he will remain at the club.

This deals a blow to the transfer plans of Leeds and Reading, and although the Whites have signed two strikers already this summer - in Chris Wood and Lee Erwin - they were keen on adding the impressive Donaldson to their ranks.

It now appears as if both Championship clubs will be looking elsewhere for summer reinforcements, as they hope to secure promotion to the Premier League during the 2015/16 campaign.

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