Ross McCormack has been strongly linked with all three promoted clubs, including Newcastle United, whilst the player himself has said that his dream is to one day play in the Premier League.
Due to turn 30 in August, the striker has been linked previously with Newcastle United, in 2014 Leeds claimed the Magpies had actually bid for the player but wouldn’t match Fulham’s offer of around £11m. Newcastle going on to spend £6m that summer for the more ‘bargain’ priced Emmanuel Riviere, the French striker managing one league goal in his two years at St James Park.
Meanwhile, Ross McCormack has carried on where he left off with Leeds and has now scored 66 goals in 134 Championship starts over the course of the last three seasons.
A release clause of £12.5m has been widely reported for the Fulham striker but now the local media in West London have revealed that the release clause has actually increased.
Get West London say that they have been informed by ‘reliable sources’ that when Ross McCormack agreed a new contract extension to 2020 in January of this year, in return he accepted that the release clause figure would be increased to £15m.
Fulham were made the subject of a transfer embargo and weren’t able to buy players in the last (January) transfer window due to overspending and breaking strict FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules in the Championship.
However, that embargo is now lifted and owner Shahid Khan is said to be ambitious and willing to spend for a promotion push, with manager Slavisa Jokanovic (recruited December 2015) desperate to keep McCormack and build a team around him.
The striker may get a game tonight as Scotland provide the opposition for France as they play a pre-Euros friendly in Metz.
It is doubtful whether Newcastle currently have enough goals in their squad to be totally confident of promotion at the first attempt and at least one extra credible striker is essential.
The £15m price tag on a player who turns 30 in August and has never played a single game in the Premier League, sums up just how difficult it could be to find the right player(s).