Leeds facing fight for £2.5m international winger

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Wigan Athletic will use the cash generated by the imminent sale of Charles N'Zogbia to fund a move for Leeds United star Robert Snodgrass according to the Daily Mirror.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez has been given the green light by chairman Dave Whelan, to reinvest the cash in a bid to strengthen the playing squad at the DW Stadium ahead of the new season.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson will be desperate not to lose his star player, as he himself bids to engineer the Lilywhites promotion challenge in the Npower Championship in 2011-12.

Martinez is ready to offer £2.5million for the highly rated Scotland international, who has excelled in his time at Elland Road and is widely regarded as one of the most eye-catching performers outside the top-flight.

Leeds have so far struggled to make any real waves in the transfer market, but have recently completed deals for Michael Brown and former Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan who comes in as a replacement for last season's stopper Kasper Schmeichel.


Grayson is also reportedly interested in bringing Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal, but faces competition from promotion rivals Leicester City.

Even if that bid comes off, Leeds will still not want to lose Snodgrass as it will leave little time to find a like-for-like replacement.

But as the club prepares to set off on their pre-season trip to Norway, Snodgrass will not travel with the rest of the Leeds squad - which could be a key indication as he awaits permission to speak to Wigan.

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