DERBY County are interested in signing Leeds United star Ross McCormack – but are not believed to be behind a £5 million bid for the striker.
It was reported yesterday that an unnamed Championship club had made an offer for the 27-year-old hot-shot.
The Rams have been heavily linked with McCormack, with some bookmakers installing them as favourites to land the player.
But Norwich City and former club Cardiff City – both newly relegated from the Premier League – are also said to be in the running, among others.
Mailsport understands Derby would be keen to bring McCormack to the iPro Stadium and are monitoring the situation.
However, they could be priced out of the market, with Leeds apparently determined to hold out for around £7m.
The Rams have not splashed out more than £3.5m for a new signing – the purchase of Robert Earnshaw from Norwich in 2007 remains a club record.
They recently had a bid of around £1m rejected for West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne.
McCormack hit 29 goals last season, all but one in the league, for a Leeds side that finished 15th in the Championship.
He captained the side and, not surprisingly, cleaned up at the club’s end-of-season awards.
The forward was also named as one of the three best players in the Championship at the annual Football League awards, along with Burnley striker Danny Ings and Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
McCormack, a Scotland international team-mate of Derby trio Craig Bryson, Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth, signed a new four-year contract last summer, after three bids from Middlesbrough were turned down.
He has been widely tipped to leave Leeds, having publicly backed ex-boss Brian McDermott, who was subsequently sacked by new owner Massimo Cellino.
Cellino claimed earlier this month that he has rejected a “substantial offer” for McCormack from Newcastle United – something the Premier League club have denied.