Raising the Roofe: How Leeds could easily sell to pay £3m fee

Oxford's Kemar Roofe celebrates after scoring their first goal

Leeds United are interested in signing Kemar Roofe.

Oxford's Kemar Roofe celebrates after scoring their first goalOxford's Kemar Roofe celebrates after scoring their first goal

Leeds United are reported to be weighing up a deal to sign striker Kemar Roofe - but are put off by Oxford United's £3 million asking price.

Roofe netted 17 goals last season in League Two to help the club earn promotion, and the Oxford Mail report the club are standing firm by their valuation.

The fee is a sizeable one for a young talent unproven at Championship level, and it would be the same figure they paid for Chris Wood last summer - the highest amount Leeds had spent on any player in a decade.

Yet splashing the cash may not be difficult if Leeds raise the money by selling their unwanted players.

Leeds United's Giuseppe BellusciLeeds United's Giuseppe Bellusci

Giuseppe Bellusci is attracting interest from abroad with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting Empoli are interested. Leeds could look to receive around £2 million and perhaps more if they sell the centre-back.

While a replacement would in turn be needed, the fee would add to the club's overall transfer budget and make a deal for Roofe easier.

The Evening Times,reported Motherwell are interested in re-signing Lee Erwin from Leeds, and while this would not yield a huge fee, they could still hope to net around £500,000 for the striker.

Watford's Jose Holebas in action with Leeds United's Lee ErwinWatford's Jose Holebas in action with Leeds United's Lee Erwin

Unwanted midfielder Casper Sloth could bring in a similar amount if Leeds can finally find a buyer for the player who was a Danish international, before his career stalled at Elland Road.

Other options include selling Marco Silvestri and putting faith in the duo of Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Ross Turnbull, with The Mail reporting three Italian clubs are interested in the goalkeeper. He could fetch upwards of £2 million.

Souleymane Doukara is another player the Whites could look to sell to raise money, albeit a small amount, as he would drop down the pecking order with Roofe's arrival.

None of this is able to be completed at a drop of a hat, but Leeds do have options which make a deal to sign Roofe achievable.

Barnsley’s Alfie Mawson and Oxford’s Kemar Roofe in actionBarnsley’s Alfie Mawson and Oxford’s Kemar Roofe in action

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