This morning, 22 August, started off as an extremely positive day to a Leeds United fan, not only had we just signed a promising young defender from across the Pennines but we were looking to extend the contract of one of our most impressive and popular players, a player who had turned Blackpool’s head and the object of Tony Mowbray’s affections; Ross McCormack.
It seemed as though, despite the constant offers from Middlesbrough to tempt McCormack to the Riverside, the striker was negotiating a new deal with owners GFH to put an end to what has been a week of non-stop speculation. McDermott quashed rumours of a ‘4th bid’ from Boro and was keen to remind fans that a move even further up north was not wanted by either himself or McCormack. As the evening drew in, all seemed well and positive amongst Leeds fans, who were looking forward to a weekend of drinking and football down at Ipswich, even if they did have to pay £37 for the privilege.
Then Twitter struck, the social networking site that circulates a rumour faster than the woman’s institute, and the calm had ended. It emerged that a well-respected Middlesbrough fan had broken the rumour that we’d all been dreading; Ross McCormack to sign for Middlesbrough. The fan, who is known as VectorBoro on Twitter, shared his information on a Boro fan’s forum, saying that although Leeds had gone into contract talks with the 27-year-old striker, he’d turned down the £15k wages offered to him in favour of the £20k Middlesbrough were prepared to pay, and as a result Leeds had accepted an offer of £2.2m.
The usual tweets started to fill in thick and fast, those of anger, of disbelief, of sadness and of confusion, and with further investigation it appears this user, the bearer of bad news, seems to have an accurate source within Middlesbrough FC, and according to other forum users, shares all kinds of factual information before it reaches the grasp of the media, and has never been wrong. He says that the deal is to go ahead tomorrow, unless, Leeds ‘break the bank’ and offer him more or Ross McCormack ‘goes back on his word’. Fans were still unsure on the claims, but after a bit of insight from James Varley, an ex-employee of the club, who said ‘unfortunately all the signals from ER are that he’s on his way’, the rumours looked to gain more and more validity.
As far as the local media are aware, McCormack is still engaged in contract talks with Leeds. One thing is for sure – there’s never a dull moment at Leeds United FC. We can only wait and see what tomorrow brings.