Leeds captain hands in transfer request

McCormackWest Ham United and Newcastle United are set to battle with several Championship clubs following Ross McCormack’s transfer request, according to The Express.

The Leeds United talisman and captain has handed in a transfer request, alerting a number of clubs to the availability of one of the brightest talents in the division.

The Scotland striker has attracted strong interest this summer, finishing last season as the Championship top scorer with 28 goals.

What a champ

The 27-year-old has been left out of Leeds’ pre-season trip to Italy while there are doubts over his future at the club, following the appointment of new manager David Hockaday.

West Ham, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff City and Norwich City are said to be keeping tabs on McCormack, and are likely to take advantage of his situation at Elland Road.

According to the paper, The Magpies and The Hammers currently lead the chase for his signature, as owner Massimo Cellino has previously ruled out a sale to a second-tier rival.

Italian job

Speaking previously to the press, as reported by The Express, Cellino said, “Why should I sell McCormack? We are not desperate to sell him, so why should we?

“If he gets an offer from a big team then we should give him the chance to go. But the teams who’ve asked for McCormack are from the Championship.”

In February the former Cardiff striker pledged his allegiance to Leeds and supported then manager Brian McDermott during an interview on Sky Sports. However the removal of McDermott under Cellino’s watch has seemingly soured McCormack’s relationship with the club.

The turn of the Mac

The forward, who finished runner-up to Danny Ings for last season’s Championship Player of the Year award, is yet to test himself in the Premier League but started his career in the SPL with Rangers.

Meanwhile the hierarchy of Leeds would prefer to sell to a top division side rather than to a rival club, as they look to improve on last season’s 15th place finish.

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