If a team wants to take Ross McCormack away from Elland Road this summer, they will have to match Leeds United's valuation of £8 million, according to The Daily Mail.

The 2013 Champions League semi-finalists Malaga are the frontrunners for McCormack's signature, while West Ham United, Cardiff City and Leicester City have also expressed an interest in the striker.

But cash-strapped Leeds have now slapped a sizeable seven-figure price tag on their club captain.

Leeds have already stated that they will be pushing for promotion next season, so they understandably want to keep hold of their most prolific striker. 

McCormack, who won the Championship's golden boot with a 28-goal haul last season, still has three years left on his contract and he has already said that he wants to stay at the club for at least one more season.

But since Massimo Cellino took control of the Yorkshire club, the Italian has been continuously cutting costs, and if a club comes close to matching the £8 million evaluation, Leeds are unlikely to refuse.  

The Scottish international, who joined from Cardiff in 2010, told The Yorkshire Evening Post, "Leeds United deserve to be in the Premier League and the only people who can affect that are the players and the owner (Cellino).

“He (Cellino) has to do everything in his power to get us challenging. But I’m not standing here saying ‘if he doesn’t spend money, I’m going to leave’ because it’s not up to me.

“I’ll be back pre-season. I’ll keep doing my job until I get a phone call telling me they’ve accepted an offer or they want me to leave.

“I’m never going to say I want to leave this club because the club deserves better than that. The club is bigger than me, so I’m not going to do that.”

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