Ross McCormack set firmly in Premier League duo’s sights
Leeds United, 22/1 for promotion next season, are bracing themselves for Premier League bids for star Scottish striker Ross McCormack.
The Championship club’s player of the year and leading scorer would command a hefty fee of around £8m, as Newcastle United in particular seek to bolster their striking options.
McCormack netted an impressive 29 times, in what has proven to be a turbulent term for the Elland Road club, with the recent sacking of manager Brian McDermott by new owner Massimo Cellini possibly proving to be the final straw.
The Peacock’s will be understandably reluctant to lose the Scotland international, as they aim to push for promotion into England’s top-flight.
However, despite the Glaswegian-born forward’s efforts, Leeds finished a lowly 15th in the league, meaning the 27-year-old may want to seek pastures new whilst his stock is still high.
Alan Pardew’s Tyneside team is the most likely potential destination, as the Magpies ended the 2013/14 campaign with a goal difference of minus 16.
Pardew is highly unlikely to be able to keep the north-east club’s on-loan leading light, France forward Loic Remy, who bagged 14 goals in 26 appearances this campaign. The World Cup star’s parent club, QPR, have secured Premier League football for next season themselves, and Arsenal are also thought to be extremely interested in the Frenchman.
It is believed a Newcastle offer would spark a bidding frenzy from other top-flight clubs, with Leeds having already repelled interest from the Hammers in January.
As a Scotland international and former Rangers man, McCormack already has experience of top tier football, and as an already proven poacher in the English leagues with both Leeds and Cardiff City, he would certainly represent a smart investment for a number of clubs. At the moment, though, the Magpies seem to be in pole position.