So, two bids have been rejected for Ross McCormack because they do not match the club's valuation of the player. Apparently, to realise the value of the McCormack asset, Leeds want a sum closer to £2m than £1m. Fair enough, he is a goodish Championship player and, as such, is probably worth somewhere in the region of £1.75m.
But that's not to say that an offer close to that figure won't be received before the window closes. Redknapp may fancy him. Bolton might sniff a deal. Blackburn could bid. And don't rule out a move from Wigan if they are forced to sell some of their more talented players.
But Leeds fans shouldn't see this as a negative. McCormack isn't that good is he? As an out and out striker he is distinctly average and as the wide man in a 4-3-3 formation, he isn't much better. Tell me, who would score more goals for Leeds over the coming season if leading the line, McCormack, Becchio or Sharp? Or Noel Hunt for that matter?
One thing's for sure, a move for both Sharp or Becchio is out of the question unless McDermott can sell first, due to GFH's drive on cutting costs across their portfolio and Leeds United's inflated wage bill. Should Leeds win promotion, all three options would be useless in the Prem, so what would be the sensible strategy? Retain McCormack and hope he suddenly becomes a goal machine? Or take the money and bring in either Becchio or Sharp on loan, both of whom have a track record of scoring goals in this division, and neither of whom would then clutter up the squad if promotion is achieved.
The case for offloading McCormack looks fairly compelling to me, but I'm sure others may see things differently!