Leeds United have been forced to accept an offer for Kemar Roofe worth half his true transfer value, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Elland Road favourite and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the 26-year-old’s contract situation, with just one year left on his existing deal, has left the Leeds board with little choice but to sell.
As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, Roofe has agreed personal terms with Anderlecht over a £5million-plus move to the Belgian top flight and that he will put pen to paper on a three-year contract.
Whelan says that Leeds should have been able to get at least £10million for his sale but that his contract situation means they means they are set to miss out on a hefty amount of money.
“You can’t allow a contract for a certain player, who’s been your top scorer for the last two seasons, to get to this point,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Now their hands are forced. You know as a player when clubs are sniffing around you and most probably Anderlecht can give him a better wage structure than what Leeds United can. If he’s not going to sign another contract, it puts a lot of pressure on the club to get something for the player.
“That is the predicament they’re in. One year left, you might as well halve what he’s worth because come Christmas, January time, he goes for nothing. If he’s already got it in his mind that he wants to leave, there’s nothing you can do but accept the money someone’s offering.”
As Whelan says, Roofe has finished the last two seasons as Leeds’ top scorer, hitting the back of the net 15 times in 34 appearances across all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign.
In total he has 33 goals and 14 assists in 122 outings for the Whites, having joined the club from Oxford United back in 2016.
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