Done deal: Leeds step up spree by landing 23-year-old for seven-figure sum
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has made prolific forward Kemar Roofe his sixth Leeds recruit of the summer and his third within the space of just 15 hours.
Roofe, 23, joins the Yorkshire side from Oxford just hours after it was confirmed Monk had brought in Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes on a season-long loan and England international Robert Green on a free transfer.
Leeds announced the signing of Roofe on their official website as they confirmed that the League Two Player of the Year had signed a four-year deal.
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According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds returned for Roofe after initially being quoted a £3million asking price. The fee has not been disclosed but it is said by the report that it is a seven-figure sum.
The Leeds boss was first alerted by the 23-year-old when Oxford sent his former side Swansea crashing out of The FA Cup, with Roofe scoring a superb brace.
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The player revealed his delight at signing for a second-tier club of such prestige.
“As soon as I found out, I was really pleased to be a part of a club like this,” Roofe told the club’s website. “The club has a great history and a bright future as well.
“I don’t think I’ll actually realise how big the club is until the first game of the season, but I’m amazed by what I’ve seen so far.
“You can tell there’s something exciting happening here with the signings we’re making – they’re all good signings.”
The versatile forward began his career at West Brom, where he failed to make a single appearance but gained experience via five loan spells with clubs such as Cheltenham Town and Oxford, before signing permanently at the Kassam Stadium last summer.
It was after signing permanently at Oxford that Roofe really shone, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his debut season and earning the League Two Player of the Year trophy.
Leeds were among a whole host of linked clubs to bring the Walsall-born attacker in, with Reading and QPR both credited with holding an interest.
However, Monk acted first, and has sensationally taken his number of signings to six in the last 10 days. In addition to Roofe, Green and Grimes, Monk has signed striker Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley and Hadi Sacko.
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