According to news coming through from the Twitter account of Phil Hay, reporter with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are casting their eyes north of the border and to Celtic for their next midfield signing.
The Whites are focusing their interest on Celtic, a club of whom Leeds manager Steve Evans is a lifelong supporter, and in one player in particular – Australian international Tomas Rogic.
Attacking midfielder Rogic, a dual-nationality Serbian/Australian, graduated from the Nike Academy in 2012 and signed for the Belconnen Blue Devils in Australia. Straightaway, the very next day in fact on January 2, 2012 Rogic moved to the Central Coast Mariners on a free transfer. Rogic’s Scottish adventure at Celtic began on January 21, 2013 when the Scottish champions parted with £336,000 to acquire his services.During his first half season in Scotland, the youngster played only three times in the Scottish Premiership, making only 97 minutes of appearances and a combined 44 minutes over one Champions League and two Champions League Qualification games.
A loan back to Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory for the 2014 portion of the 2013/14 season saw him play 10 times (eight A-League games and two AFC Champions League games), providing one assist in an A-League game. A return to Celtic for the young Australian saw Rogic miss all the season whilst he suffered and recovered from a groin operation, making the bench for three games at the tail-end of the season.
The 13-cap Australian international is, according to a report in tonight’s Yorkshire Post, “a player who Leeds see as a natural No 10” and, even though there is no comment from the club over the alleged interest the Yorkshire Post say that, “Leeds are understood to value him in the region of £1m.” Missing only three games this season, the young midfielder has scored five goals – none of which are simple tap-ins.