Roofe move to Anderlecht 'imminent'
Leeds’ pre-season preparations have been thrown into disarray with the news that Kemar Roofe is on the brink of a move to Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht.
The Daily Mail reported that Roofe was in talks over a move to the Belgian side after the 26-year-old striker turned down a new contract offer from Leeds earlier in the summer.
Phil Hay confirmed on Friday morning that the interest was serious but that an offer had yet to be tabled.
Anderlecht interest in Kemar Roofe is serious. No firm offer made yet but they like him and Roofe’s into the last year of his contract at Leeds. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 2, 2019
However, on the Jim White Show (talkSPORT, Friday, 10.40am), the host said that the move was “imminent”.
“I’m hearing in the last hour that Kemar Roofe’s move to Anderlecht is imminent”, said White. “I’m hearing it’s going to be a four-year deal. It’s a good deal for Roofe but why Anderlecht? No Champions League football, no European football for the first time in 56 years.”
Roofe is out of contract next summer and that has left the club in a vulnerable position. Roofe wanted his new contract to put him on parity with the club’s highest earners – Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla – but the two sides are still a long way apart.
That’s left Anderlecht in a position to steal in and sign him in what’s been dubbed a £7m deal. That would presumably give Roofe a decent hike on his current salary but also leave Leeds short with the Championship season starting this weekend.
There are no two ways about it – Leeds would have to replace Roofe if he goes. They might have £10m to spend if Roofe and Bailey Peacock-Farrell goes (the latter has completed his medical at Burnley).
It could leave Leeds with the option of signing Ryan Kent for £7m and bringing in a striker on loan with the remainder of the money. That’s a solution that could actually work well for Leeds.