Saturday, 24 August 2013
Middlesbrough's Mowbray Threatens Leeds in Pursuit of McCormack
Well, it wasn't subtle! Tony Nobody has put a gun to the temple of GFH Capital and threatened to pull the trigger, by warning that Boro may look elsewhere if the Arabs aren't careful. Anybody who thinks he has given up in his pursuit of McCormack is very much mistaken, and anybody who thinks that Leeds have slammed the door shut on a possible deal is blithely misguided.
Why haven't Boro signed Becchio? Because they want McCormack. Why are Boro expressing an interest in the former Leeds top scorer? To show Leeds that they have other irons in the fire and are not over a barrel, desperate to sign the Scot. Why are Boro still sniffing around? Because nobody at Leeds has categorically stated that Ross isn't for sale.
Yes Leeds have rejected three bids, but it seems that the highest figure offered thus far is £1.5m. Now, given his form so far this season, and the fact that he has been recalled to the Scotland squad, that obviously isn't enough. GFH are committed to getting "value" for their assets, they don't want to give them away.
And frustratingly for the Arab Bank Built on Sand, only Boro have bid so far. What's needed is for another club to up the ante. The trouble is, QPR apart, all the clubs in the Championship have one eye on Financial Fair Play, and none of the teams in the Prem - not even Norwich City - seem to rate McCormack's prospects of doing the business in the top division. So Leeds are playing brinkmanship, trying to hold out for £2m in a buyer's market and Boro are biding their time, seemingly confident that the Leeds Board will cave in sooner or later.
How else can you explain Mowbray's latest comments: “The conversations continue... It will only intensify as next week starts to run away and September 2 looms...they will know that offer will be off the table when time runs out and they either need the money or they don’t...if one deal comes in that we like we will just forget and never go back...That’s not a veiled threat, it’s reality and I’m sure they know that."
Now, whether or not GFH respond to this threat remains to be seen. In fact, the result today could be a factor. If Leeds win, and a promotion push looks a genuine possibility, then it would be financial madness to part with McCormack; but should Leeds lose, and GFH calculate that in all probability, the club faces another season in the Championship, then £1.75m may be too tempting.
Leeds fans should not be counting their camels yet!
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:16