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Fulham have made a £5m offer for Leeds striker Ross McCormack.

Leeds have yet to formally consider Fulham’s bid but the move is expecting to spark a bidding war for one of the most prolific forwards outside the top flight. The Scottish international has already been heavily linked with Derby and Norwich. Leeds are likely to hold out for an offer closer to their £7m valuation, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay.

McCormack, who scored 29 goals for Leeds last season, is not short of suitors having attracted interest from West Ham and Cardiff during the January transfer window and Newcastle are understood to have made an inquiry about the 27 year-old’s availability last week. Fulham are prepared to plough a significant amount of their parachute payment upon relegation from the top flight into luring McCormack, who is their leading summer transfer target, to London.