Crystal Palace and Brighton have joined the race to sign Leeds’ Kemar Roofe, according to Sky Sports News.
Roofe has been attracting a lot of interest recently, fuelled by Leeds’ failure to offer him a new contract – with his current deal expiring next summer.
According to the Sun, Rangers had looked to be leading the chase, with a £5m offer hinted at. However, that deal now looks unlikely according to BBC journalist Adam Pope, which could open the door for the Premier League pair.
Losing Roofe would be a big blow to Leeds, he finished as their top scorer last season with 15 league goals and given where the interest is coming from it may be difficult to persuade him to stay.
Leeds are facing a difficult summer, with Pontus Jansson having departed and another key player, Kalvin Phillips, being constantly linked with a move away. If they are unable to hold onto players like Roofe and Phillips then their chances of promotion would be severely harmed.
Leeds have put themselves in a terrible position by failing to offer Roofe a new deal prior to the summer.
It is clear that he is one of the most important players at the club and his demands should be met, as promotion is almost reliant on him staying.
Now there is interest from some notable clubs, and not only does it look like he will depart but he could go for a fee below his value due to Leeds’ weak negotiating position.
Roofe will be playing in the Premier League soon, and Leeds will have to try and persuade him that he could achieve that with them if he stays for at least another year.