25 goals and 12 assists: Leeds launch move for attacking ace - report

By Tom Blackburn

Leeds are targeting a summer move for award-winning Oxford striker Kemar Roofe, according to a report.

The former West Brom youngster has impressed this season and scored 17 goals in 40 League two appearances to spearhead the club’s promotion to League One.

Roofe subsequently won the League Two player of the year award and Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay took to Twitter on Monday to reveal Leeds’ interest in the 23-year-old attacker.

Walsall-born Roofe signed his first professional contract with West Brom in 2012, but after a series of loans and no first team appearances he was sold to Oxford for an undisclosed fee.

The player is likely to be rated at over the £1million mark by the League One club, with a portion of the fee to go to the Premier League club due to a sell-on clause inserted in the deal when he was sold.

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In all competitions this season, Roofe scored an impressive 25 goals and also weighed in with 12 assists.

Leeds are currently looking to bolster their squad under the command of new manager Garry Monk, after he replaced Steve Evans last week.

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.

Controversial owner Massimo Cellino has laid down the gauntlet for a play-off finish, offering season ticket holders a partial refund if the Whites do not make the top six.

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.

The U’s owner told the paper: “I hear beyond gossip there are four or five Championship sides in for Kemar.

“I’m trying to be realistic. I would love to keep him, but it’s not my decision – that has to be Kemar’s.

“What I would never do is stand in the way of a player’s career development.”

In other Leeds news, quartet agree new deals to stay at Elland Road.