Blackpool interest in McCormack and White knocked back

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Leeds United have knocked back a joint approach for Ross McCormack and Aidan White from Championship rivals Blackpool.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince is considering his next move after an unreceptive response to a combined bid for the pair earlier this week.

Ince is understood to be ready to pay more than £1million to take McCormack and White to Bloomfield Road but his enquiry was quickly dismissed by Leeds with the new Championship season looming.

United are open to bids having told manager Brian McDermott to move players off their £15million wage bill before making further signings but McCormack in particular has been prominent under McDermott and is one of the squad members who the Leeds boss intends to keep.

White, meanwhile, is among the few United players who can operate as a winger – an area of the team which McDermott admitted on Thursday that he is keen to strengthen – and Blackpool’s valuation of White at around £250,000 appears to have fallen short of his price tag.

Blackpool are likely to persist with their interest in both players, with Blackpool assistant Alex Rae – once a team-mate of McCormack’s at Rangers – known to be a big admirer of the Scotland international.

McCormack, however, reiterated his commitment to Leeds on Tuesday, telling the YEP: “I’ve said a few times that I want to stay and I’ve no intention of leaving.

“The manager says he wants me to stay too so it’s just talk.”