Report: Leeds plan to keep Kemar Roofe amid Blackburn interest

Kemar Roofe of Leeds is tackled by Julien De Sart of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are reportedly hoping that they will be able to keep Kemar Roofe this summer despite interest from their Championship rivals.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds and Kevin Long of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

According to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are currently planning to reject any interest in Kemar Roofe as Blackburn find themselves amongst a host of sides looking at signing the forward this summer.

Roofe has endured a fairly mixed spell at Elland Road since joining for £3 million ahead of Garry Monk's season in charge - fee reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post. 

The former Oxford United man only managed to score three goals during his first campaign, but did provide seven assists in the league as Chris Wood stamped his authority on the sole striker role. 

He was much more prolific during his second season however, finishing the campaign as Leeds' top goalscorer with 14 goals in all competitions. But, Roofe continued to struggle to win over all of the supporters as it seemed just as likely that he was going to go missing in a game as it was that he would make himself look like a superstar.

Kemar Roofe celebrates after Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in...

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Blackburn are keen on signing Roofe and may not be his only admirers at this stage, but Marcelo Bielsa has no desire to let the 24-year-old move on.

It is probably little surprise that Leeds plan to reject any Roofe interest right now. Even if he was not going to be a key part of Bielsa's plans for the coming season, the fact that the Whites have not been able to bolster their attacking ranks so far this summer means that it would be a major gamble to sanction Roofe's exit for a second tier rival.

But it appears that it is going to take an astronomical offer to prise Roofe away from Elland Road as Leeds reportedly have no desire to sell as things stand. 

Leeds player Kemar Roofe in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

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