Varney has sights set on Elland Road

Luke Varney
Luke Varney
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Luke Varney has his heart set on a move to Leeds.

The Pompey striker’s preferred destination is a move to Elland Road this summer.

Neil Warnock is keen on taking the 29-year-old to Yorkshire, with the player expected to be on his way for the new campaign.

And The News understands Varney would be happiest linking up with Warnock’s men.

That means Leeds have now hit the lead in the battle for his services, with Nottingham Forest also among his suitors.

Steve Cotterill brought the hitman to Pompey last summer from Derby for £750,000.

Varney explained he had spoken to Cotterill at the end of last season, with the former Blues manager intimating he was keen on securing his services.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man endured a injury-hit campaign at Fratton Park in which he grabbed six goals.

Administrator Trevor Birch still faces a huge challenge to wrest the club’s £9.5m wage bill under control.

That is necessary to move the Blues on to new owners.

The likes of Tal Ben Haim and Kanu have indicated they want to be fully compensated for the remainder of their contracts.

Varney has stated he is more than happy to come to a compromise agreement to ensure a solution which is best for all parties, however.

David Norris has also been linked with a move to Leeds this summer with Jason Pearce already agreeing a switch to the club.

Warnock missed out on Joel Ward before he moved to Crystal Palace for £400,000 in May but with Leeds close to a takeover he is now set to be given a transfer war chest.