Leeds United face a stern task ahead to retain the services of Kemar Roofe amidst growing interest in the forward, FootballInsider reports.
Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment at Elland Road has led to considerable improvements for Leeds, who stand as one of the favourites to earn promotion to the Premier League after a solid start to their Championship campaign.
The performances of a revitalised Kemar Roofe have been vital to the Peacocks after he scored four goals and contributed two assists in six appearances before being sidelined through injury, which has alerted a trio of Premier League clubs.
FootballInsider names Burnley, Southampton and Brighton as those within the top-flight eyeing a swoop for the 25-year-old who Leeds are desperately trying to secure to a new deal to retain his services.
Roofe’s importance to Leeds is highlighted by the fact that the Yorkshire outfit have won just two of their five matches without the striker leading their line, with the second of those victories coming against Hull City this week.
In his absence, Leeds have had to look towards the younger players within their squad as Patrick Bamford is also sidelined and, although Tyler Roberts has impressed, the return of Roofe will provide a huge boost to Bielsa’s side.
Interest in Roofe’s services are not surprising given his exceptional form this season but Leeds cannot afford to approve a departure in January, as it would risk derailing their charge for a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.