Bristol City may try to sign Leeds striker Ross McCormack
BRISTOL City are weighing up a move for Leeds United contract rebel Ross McCormack.
Scotland international striker McCormack, 25, is in dispute with Leeds after rejecting a new contract offer made by manager Neil Warnock.
His deal expires at the end of next season and sources in Yorkshire suggest Leeds are prepared to cash in on a player who scored 19 goals last season, rather than allow him to run down his contract and depart as a free agent 12 months from now.
City have still to replace last season's top-scorer, Nicky Maynard, who left to join West Ham in January, and Robins boss Derek McInnes intends replenishing his attack before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
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McCormack's agent has made overtures to a number of interested clubs, including City, Premier League Wigan Athletic and Championship newcomers Huddersfield Town.
But Leeds' asking price and McCormack's wage demands could prove a stumbling block to City, who are under pressure to keep player costs down.
Although Warnock is now prepared to consider the possibility of selling his leading marksman, Leeds are unlikely to be tempted by anything less than £2 million.
Warnock said: "Ross is going into his last year and it might be that people come in for him now."
McCormack started his career with Scottish Premier League club Rangers in 2003 and went out on loan to League One Doncaster Rovers in January 2006. At the end of the season, he was released by Rangers and joined fellow SPL side Motherwell.
In 2008, he moved to Championship side Cardiff upon the expiry of his contract, firing 24 goals for the Bluebirds in his first season in the Welsh capital.
But he eventually fell behind Jay Bothroyd, Craig Bellamy and Michael Chopra in the pecking order and was transferred to Leeds for £350,000 in 2010.
He played ten times for Scotland Under-21s from 2006–2008, scoring three goals, and he was also capped once for the national B team.
McCormack made his senior debut for Scotland in 2008 and has been capped seven times overall, scoring once in a 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification victory over Iceland.
Meanwhile, McInnes has enquired as to the availability of West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
City's manager is seeking an experienced keeper to replace David James and provide competition for Dean Gerken, who finished last season as first choice.
A member of the Hull side that beat City in the 2008 Championship play-off final at Wembley, American-born Myhill, spent last season on loan at Birmingham City, swapping places with Blues keeper Ben Foster and making 42 appearances for the Midlands club. He has a year remaining on his contract at The Hawthorns and could be surplus to requirements if Foster makes his move from St Andrews to Albion permanent.
McInnes is also in the market for a centre-half and left-back, but has dismissed rumours linking him with Middlesbrough's Stephen McManus and Chelsea starlet Ben Gordon.
McManus spent a month on loan at Ashton Gate last season and has been linked with a return to City. But the Scot is left-footed and McInnes is in the market for a right-sided centre-back to partner Liam Fontaine, with Coventry's Richard Keogh his preferred choice.
Rumours linking City with a possible move for Chelsea left-back Gordon have also been dismissed by McInnes.