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Newcastle Approach Leeds For Top Scorer Ross McCormack

6 years ago
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The local press in Yorkshire are reporting that Newcastle United have approached Leeds United, in the hope of initiating talks with Leeds striker Ross McCormack.

McCormack is both the captain of Leeds and last season’s top scorer, with Leeds allegedly happy to start a bidding war.

With 28 league goals last season, he clearly has an eye for goal, but with McCormack turning 28 in August he is at the high end of Mike Ashley’s supposed transfer commitment to younger players.

While Newcastle beat Leeds in an eventually comfortable two goal win last September in the League Cup, McCormack did impress and caused the black & whites problems in the first half.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Newcastle made their first approach to Leeds at the start of this week.

Leeds rate Ross McCormack at a minimum of £6m but will hope to get that to increase as various clubs show their interest

No offer is said to have been made yet by United, and with McCormack having signed a contract extension up to 2017, the player is unlikely to go on the cheap with the club being in such a strong position contractually .

Both Cardiff and West Ham made offers in January that were rejected but with a new owner in place since then, it will be interesting to see how Massimo Cellino sees the situation.

This week, Cellino had a number of private one to one meetings with players, including McCormack. While the new owner is also due to start interviewing candidates for the job of Head Coach, having already disposed of manager Brian McDermott.

While McCormack refused to comment after speaking to the new owner, but only a few months ago the in demand goal scorer said;

“I want to play there (Premier League) as soon as possible but in my head there is a lot to take into consideration.

“I think about the feeling, being at Elland Road winning promotion and being captain.

“That would surpass just playing for any old club in the Premier League – I don’t say that lightly.”

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