Date: 8th July 2019 at 12:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan is convinced Rangers have turned Kemar Roofe’s head with a “huge offer” as they look to persuade him to quit Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds striker believes his former club are facing a major battle to hang on to Roofe.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have opened preliminary talks to sign Roofe as they look to take advantage of him entering the final year of his contract at the English Championship giants.

Rangers have set their sights on Roofe as a potential replacement for prize asset Alfredo Morelos, who is the subject of widespread interest this summer.

“Leeds are vulnerable to losing Kemar,” Whelan told Football Insider. “They are not in a good position and they are there because they failed to give him a new contract last season, when they should have.

“You cannot allow your top goalscorer to come to the final year of his contract. It’s not the way to go about keeping players. Now we could lose one of our best players because the club haven’t done their job right.

“I’ve read Rangers want to get Kemar for £5million. He’s worth double that, around £10million. Easily. It appears the player’s head has been turned with a huge contract offer from Rangers.

“Can Leeds match that? Can they match the chance to win trophies, play European football and work with a legend like Steven Gerrard?”

Roofe topped Leeds’ scoring charts with 15 goals, all of them in league matches, from 34 games last season in which he was hit by two serious injuries.

He has a year remaining on his United contract after joining from Oxford United in 2016 on a four-year deal.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are  in pole position to sign a player tipped to ‘be worth £20million next year’.