Leeds are interested in signing Kilmarnock attacker Eamonn Brophy – according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim the Elland Road side are “following” Brophy after nine goals in 20 games.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - JULY 13: Kilmarnock FC manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Betfred Scottish League Cup match between Kilmarnock and St Mirren at Rugby Park on July 13, 2018 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.
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The former Hamilton striker has been an important part of Steve Clarke’s side this season.

With Killie in a title race, losing key men is the last thing they want.

After Jordan Jones agreed a pre-contract with Rangers, losing Brophy would massively harm their chances in the league.

A move in the summer could be a possibility and with Brophy under contract until 2021, there’s no pressure to move him on.

1st December 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Hibernian; Eamonn Brophy of Kilmarnock scores opening goal in the 6th minute
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Clarke has done really well to hold on to most of his side but there will come a point where selling makes sense.

Limited budgets mean they can’t stubbornly hold on to players.

Losing Jordan Jones for free – a year after Rangers offered cash for him – is the risk clubs run now.

Selling him at the end of the season and using the funds to strengthen makes sense for Kilmarnock.

6th October 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Kilmarnock; Eamonn Brophy of Kilmarnock scores for 2-1 in the 53rd minute
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But with Killie only a point off the top of the table just now, Clarke must do everything to keep his side together.

At only 22, Brophy is only going to improve – and his transfer value increase.


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