Leeds United revive their interest in midfield ace Rowe

Tommy Rowe, right.
Tommy Rowe, right.
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Leeds United have revived their interest in out-of-contract Peterborough midfielder Tommy Rowe – and are ready to take a chance on former Arsenal and Tottenham trainee Andre Blackman.

Leeds are one of several clubs who have made contact with Rowe, a year after failing to prise him from Peterborough, and a decision on his future is expected to be made when he returns from holiday early next month.

United manager Brian McDermott made an approach for Rowe last summer at a time when the 25-year-old was on the transfer list at London Road having rejecting Peterborough’s offer of a new deal.

A shortage of transfer cash prevented Leeds from making a formal bid for him but Rowe is a free agent after leaving Peterborough in the wake of their League One play-off defeat to Leyton Orient.

His nine goals helped Peterborough finish sixth in the final table.

League One champions Wolverhampton Wanderers are expected to offer Rowe a contract following their promotion to the Championship and at least three other clubs are interested in the left-sided midfielder, including one in the Premier League.

Blackman, however, is a more surprising target for United after chequered spells in England and Scotland forced the young left-back into non-league.

The 23-year-old was an academy player at Arsenal, Spurs and Portsmouth and made his professional debut for Bristol City in 2009. Celtic signed him on after a trial two

years but after a short loan to Inverness, he left Glasgow under a cloud amid disciplinary issues.

Blackman played for Maidenhead United last season, a semi-professional side who finished 18th in Conference South. He has emerged as a possible signing for Leeds despite the presence of three other left-backs at Elland Road – Stephen Warnock, Aidan White and Charlie Taylor.

McDermott’s high opinion of Rowe is well known but he is not thought to have influenced the planned move for Blackman.

United’s manager, whose strained relationship with Massimo Cellino could come to a head during a meeting at Elland Road on June 2, is still in the south of England and continues to have no verbal contact with United’s Italian owner.