News today that Newcastle United are interested in signing Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, and this is the first time we have ever been linked with the Leeds captain.
27 year-old Ross McCormack – Leeds United captain
The Glasgow-born striker turns 28 in August, but we suppose Newcastle could sign a few older players this summer, and of course Ross is British and manager Alan Pardew is keen to bring in more British players into the Newcastle squad this summer, while at the same time allowing a number of Frenchmen leave the club.
Ross has been at Leeds since 2010, and last season he was in good goal scoring form and scored 29 goals in 47 games, and in his four seasons at Leeds he has 58 goals in 154 total appearances and he can play up front or on the wing.
Leeds are now owned by Italian Massimo Cellino, and they only recently let their manager Brian McDermott go, and although the departure was done very professionally on both sides – the club are now actively seeking a new manager, so we don’t know if that will have any impact on Newcastle potentially signing McCormack.
The news is being heavily reported this morning in the Yorkshire local press, and from the reports, it looks like a signing may even be imminent.
Leeds had a number of offers from Premier League club for Ross back in January, with the biggest offer thought to be around £4M, and that’s not a lot – given that Newcastle have just received close to £100M in the last six months – £20M for Yohan Cabaye and close to £80M from the Premier League .
The reports suggest that £5M would be enough to sign the player, who must also have some good leadership skills since he is also the Leeds captain – and we need more leadership in the Newcastle side, after what has happened this year.
McCormack started his career at his home town club Rangers back in 2002, and then he moved to Motherwell in 2006, and then to south Wales and Cardiff City in 2008, before joining Leeds United two years later.
Ross has 11 Scottish caps and two goals, but the 5’9″ tall player has never played at the top level in English football, so in that sense he would be a risk – but at £5M he could still offer good value.
What do you think?
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