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Fulham dealt blow in bid to sign Leeds United striker

Elland Road club insists Scotland star McCormack is staying put in Yorkshire

Uncertain future: Leeds United striker Ross McCormack

Fulham's pursuit of Ross McCormack has been dealt a blow after Leeds United reiterated their desire to keep the wantaway frontman.

The 27-year-old did not travel with the rest of the Leeds team on their pre-season trip to Italy on Monday amid interest from the Whites and Norwich City.

McCormack slapped in a transfer request on Wednesday in a bid to force a move away from Elland Road.

However, Leeds supremo Massimo Cellino insists the club are under no pressure to sell the 28-goal forward and has warned potential suitors he is not for sale.

A statement on the club's website said: "We would like to reiterate our desire to keep Ross McCormack at Leeds United. This desire includes keeping all of our best players as we look to build a stronger and successful squad for the 2014/15 Championship season. 

"Leeds United may not be the richest club in the Championship, but we do not need to sell our best players in order to run the club successfully."

However, this latest development is unlikely to put off Fulham manager Felix Magath as he looks to add Championship's leading marksman to his ranks.

The Cottagers completed the signing of FC Basel defender Kay Voser on a two-year deal on Wednesday.

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