Report: Leeds priority striker target slapped with £3m price tag, club make response
By Alex Stevens
Leeds will have to pay a fee of £3million to sign key summer target Kemar Roofe, according to a report.
The Oxford striker 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.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his Twitter account on Monday that Oxford have place a new valuation of £3million on the striker.
Responding to a question from a follower, Hay said Leeds “aren’t warming” to the price tag and suggested Manchester United’s Ashley Fletcher is a more realistic target.
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@SamGilardi Fletcher is possible. Told that Leeds aren’t warming to Oxford’s valuation of Roofe (£3m).
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 20, 2016
As reported by Football Insider, citing the Yorkshire Evening Post, 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.
Former Leeds defender Michael Duberry is convinced Roofe has all the qualities to be an instant hit in the Championship, even at a club with the unique pressures of Leeds.
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.
Previously, Oxford chairman Darryl Eales told The Oxford Mail that a number of Championship sides were interested and he wouldn’t stand in the strikers way of a move.
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.