Leeds United were weighing up an increased bid from Norwich City for Robert Snodgrass today amid growing doubts about the future of the Scotland international.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that an improved offer arrived at Elland Road yesterday afternoon, three days after Norwich failed with a £1.5million bid for United’s highly-rated club captain.
City’s latest approach – one of several offers made by them for Snodgrass in the past 12 months – was still under consideration last night with Leeds in the grip of advanced takeover talks and on the brink of a change of ownership.
United manager Neil Warnock has long been opposed to the possibility of selling Snodgrass, despite the winger having less than a year remaining on his contract, but Leeds’ rejection of the bid tabled by Norwich on Monday came with an admission from Warnock that Snodgrass might have had his “head turned” by interest from the Premier League.
The 24-year-old has been club captain at Elland Road since Warnock’s appointment as manager in February, and the Leeds boss was the driving force behind the offer of a new contract which would have made Snodgrass the club’s highest earner.
But that deal remains unsigned, despite suggestions that the two sides are relatively close to an agreement, and Warnock’s plan to earn Snodgrass’ commitment with a flurry of impressive summer signings has been thwarted by a shortage of transfer funds and the protracted wait for a takeover at Leeds.
A group from the Middle East are poised to acquire a controlling interest.