Report: Leeds step up pursuit of key striker target, told he has £2m price tag
By Alex Stevens
Leeds will have to pay a fee of up to £2million 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.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Oxford value Roofe at between £1.5million and £2million, with the League One outfit 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.
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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.
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.”
Leeds are currently looking to bolster their squad under the command of new manager Garry Monk after he replaced Steve Evans a fortnight ago.
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.