By Alex Stevens
Kemar Roofe has been slapped with a £3million price tag – which could reportedly end Leeds’ pursuit of the prolific striker.
The Oxford forward has attracted the attention of numerous second-tier clubs on the back of a campaign in which his prolific forward play spearheaded his team’s promotion to League One and earned him League Two’s player-of-the-year award.
As reported by Football Insider, Leeds are one of the teams closely monitoring Roofe with a view to financing a summer transfer to Elland Road.
But the Yorkshire Evening Post claim Leeds have been put off by the asking price for a player they rate in the region of £1.5million, half of Oxford’s valuation.
“To be fair, that (£3m) has always been my minimum number for Kemar,” Oxford chairman Daryl Eales told the Oxford Mail. “He’s got two more years on his contract and there’s no pressure on Michael (manager Michael Appleton) to sell anyone.
“If someone comes in with a valuation that matches ours we will think about it but no-one has.”
Leeds have been chasing other targets and are expected to announce the signing of Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson from Kalmar by the end of the week, a deal which could cost close to £2million including add-ons.
It is reported that Manchester United forward Ashley Fletcher has been shortlisted by Leeds after failing to sign the new contract offered by the Premier League giants.
League One outfit Oxford are committed to securing a substantial fee by a large sell-on clause secured by his old club West Brom.
The 23-year-old former Hawthorns trainee finished the 2015-16 season with 25 goals and 12 assists in all competitions, including 17 goals in 40 league appearances.
Walsall-born Roofe signed his first professional contract with West Brom in 2012, but failed to break into the first team and after a series of loans he was sold to Oxford for an undisclosed fee last summer. It is reported that a substantial sell-on clause to the Midlands club was inserted into the agreement.
Leeds are currently looking to bolster their squad under the command of new manager Garry Monk after he replaced Steve Evans last month.
Following their 13th place finish in the 2015-16 campaign, Leeds have set their sights firmly on a play-off spot in the Championship next season.
In other Leeds news, a quartet have agreed new deals to stay at Elland Road.