Middlesbrough have tabled a bid for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, according to Sky Sports.

Scotland international Ross McCormack, who arrived at the club from Cardiff in August 2010, is a fans' favourite at Elland Road and led the Whites' scoring charts in 2012 after notching 18 goals in 45 Championship appearances. 

His scoring output dropped significantly last season, however, with McCormack only finding the net on five occasion in 32 appearances. He opened his tally for the new campaign just 19 minutes into Leeds' last-gasp 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Brighton.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott is unlikely to want to lose 26-year-old McCormack, particularly to a team also looking to earn a place in the Premier League, although the summer arrivals of former Reading striker Noel Hunt and Oldham targetman Matt Smith may indicate a change of emphasis in the forward ranks.

Middlesbrough are thought to be actively searching for a proven goalscorer to provide serious competition to Marvin Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz as manager Tony Mowbray seeks to arrest an alarming decline in 2013 that has put his position in jeopardy.

Last season's top scorer, Australian Scott McDonald, joined Millwall on a two-year deal in July after his contract at the Riverside Stadium was terminated by mutual consent. 

Paul Ince's Blackpool are also rumoured to hold a significant interest in McCormack's signature.


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