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Leeds United should only sell Kemar Roofe to Southampton if Shane Long heads the other way

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Leeds United should only sell Kemar Roofe to Southampton if Shane Long heads the other way

The Irish striker would be a perfect recruit for Leeds United.

Leeds United are looking like having a fight on their hands to keep hold of star attacker Kemar Roofe in January.

Football Insider reports that Burnley, Brighton and Southampton are all interested in the player.

Southampton certainly look like they need further reinforcements, with a relegation battle looking likely in the Premier League at present.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Shane Long of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Leeds should only sell Roofe for a fair price, which at the moment is likely to be in the region of £10 million. But they should also make sure they get a player as part of the bargain.

Because one striker at Southampton would be the perfect attacker for Marcelo Bielsa’s style.

SWANSEA, WALES – AUGUST 21: Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe during the Sky Bet Championship match between City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Shane Long would be excellent in the current Leeds set-up. The 31-year-old, who has played 81 times for Ireland, scoring 17 goals, has the pace and work ethic to replace Roofe should Leeds decide to put a deal together. As for Championship pedigree, he has that in abundance. In his final season in the second-tier with Reading he scored 21 goals in 44 games.

Leeds would be foolish to let Roofe go on the cheap. But if a big money offer from Southampton arrived, with the added sweetener of Long, then it might prove difficult to turn down.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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