It's not quite the Arsenal-Suarez saga, but Middlesbrough seem to think that they are still in with a chance of capturing Ross McCormack. Knocked back with a one million pound offer last week, it's been reported that an improved bid of £1.3m has been tendered - and rejected.
Good news for Leeds fans in a sense, because the Reverend McDermott is remaining true to his word. But it may be a little worrying that Boro seem to have heard "No" as "No unless you pay more."
So what is the figure that will trigger a sale? Gibson is a businessman and will understand exactly what those words "extract value from our existing assets" mean. GFH need to reduce running costs and want to generate cash. They only paid £20m for Leeds so if they could generate £1.75m from the sale of a player, they would recoup 8.75% of their initial investment, and that, I suspect is the figure they would settle on.
Now it may be that Middlesbrough will not go that high, but that still doesn't mean McCormack will stay at Leeds. He is one of the higher wage earners at the club so, as with Becchio, savings on salary may compensate for a lower offer of, say, £1.5m.
And it may be that Boro will prove to be a stalking horse. As QPR shift out their higher wage earners, Redknapp will look to stock up on players with a track record in the Championship - and if he fancies the Scot, Fernandes will stump up £2m without any argument. And that really will test the club's resolve.