Transfer news: Leeds lead chase to sign Rotherham striker Kieran Agard
Last Updated: 15/08/14 1:25pm
The curtain looks set to come down on Kieran Agard's Rotherham career as Leeds step up their chase for the striker.
The 24-year-old, who scored 26 goals last season as the Millers won promotion to the Championship, is under contract at New York Stadium until June 2015, but after talks over a new deal stalled a move away now seems certain, with Bristol City already having an offer rejected a couple of weeks ago.
Boss Steve Evans has admitted that the club will sell the former Everton trainee if the price is right and confirmed Leeds had expressed an interest after head coach Dave Hockaday phoned him.
There had been no official bid as of early evening on Thursday, though reports have emerged overnight of a fee being agreed between the two parties but that has yet to be confirmed.
We've not had an offer from Leeds United (for Agard), we have probably read more in the press than anything else, we'll see how it pans out.
Either way a move away from the Millers now seems inevitable for Agard, but Evans is determined to get the best price for the man he signed on a free transfer in 2012.
"Nothing has changed on Kieran Agard, we turned down an offer from Bristol City," said Evans on Thursday evening. "I got a telephone call from the head coach of Leeds United, Dave Hockaday, a man I know very well.
"He gave me a call to say he liked Kieran Agard and I replied along the lines of 'I like Cristiano Ronaldo, I might phone the manager of Real Madrid and tell him'. It makes no difference.
"We've not had an offer from Leeds United, we have probably read more in the press than anything else, we'll see how it pans out.
"I'm not telling anyone where we value him, there's a figure, just like there is with everyone in our squad and it is the same as every football club.
"There is a value on Kieran Agard and if no-one reaches that then he is here until next summer.
"It's my job as a manager that if someone gives us a value that I think is at a level where I think we should sell him then I will make that recommendation to the chairman."
Agard's imminent departure looks even more likely after the Millers brought in Ipswich forward Paul Taylor on loan until January on Thursday.
The 26-year-old, who cost the Tractor Boys B£1.5million in 2012, has been frozen out at Portman Road and will stay in South Yorkshire until early 2015.
Evans, who revealed that the Millers fought off competition from two other Championship clubs to snare Taylor's signature, was delighted with the acquisition.
"He's a young man who went to Peterborough from Ipswich for a lot of money.
"He's a very, very talented boy, he can play anywhere from wide right, wide left, up top, he is a really talented lad and we're delighted to get him."