Leeds United priced out in race for Celtic striker Griffiths

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring during the Scottish Premiership match at Fir Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 19, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Motherwell. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring during the Scottish Premiership match at Fir Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 19, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Motherwell. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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LEEDS UNITED are likely to switch their attentions to other forward targets, with the package to sign Celtic frontman Leigh Griffiths expected to be too high.

Reports in Scotland suggest that United have expressed interest in the 24-year-old former Wolves player, with the link believed to be connected with Leeds’ quest to make Celtic chief scout David Moss their technical director in the close season.

The two parties have spoken this month and United believe they can persuade former Doncaster Rovers player Moss, 46, to make the move south.

Despite the link with Griffiths, a number of other strikers remain on United’s list of targets.

Celtic are likely to be unwilling to do business anyway with Parkhead boss Ronny Deila not expected to allow the forward, who has enjoyed a fantastic second half to this title-winning campaign, to leave the club.

The form of the former Hibs and Wolves man has seen him recalled into the Scotland squad to face the Republic of Ireland in the vital European qualifier in Dublin on June 13, which follows a friendly against Qatar eight days earlier at Easter Road.

Griffiths has scored 15 goals since the turn of the year for Celtic, including one against Rangers, and has enjoyed his best spell since he won the SPFA Player of the Year award two seasons ago while at Hibernian.

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