Well three bids for McCormack have apparently been rejected so Mowbray and Gibson are now trying a different tactic, seemingly shifting their focus to a new target, one Lucy Becchio no less.
Now whilst Leeds fans will be rightly delighted if the Board stand firm and tell Boro where to stick their money, it could be the Smoggies who laugh last and longest if Lucy makes the move from Norwich and rediscovers his scoring boots.
In amongst all the mutual back slapping on the Leeds United Feel Good Factor Express, it may pay to glance out of the window and see exactly where the train is heading. Yes it is great that the McCormack bids have been rejected, and yes it will be even better if the Scot is still a Leeds player in September, but it comes to something when a club like Middlesbrough feel they have the financial muscle to intimidate Leeds into parting with a key player in the first place. And it must be even more galling that the Smoggies can afford to buy a player that Leeds couldn't afford to retain.
How many titles have Middlesbrough won exactly? How many times have the Smoggies played in the Champions League? They are a much smaller club than the mighty Leeds United; so how the hell can they afford to buy Becchio?
Leeds fans will fall over themselves to say that Middlesbrough are welcome to Lucy, but if Becchio bags 18 plus goals and Leeds miss out on a play off place for want of goals, it will be the Boro fans laughing longest.