West Ham United are lining up an end-of-season raid on Championship outfit Leeds United for captain Ross McCormack, [football] direct news understands. A source close to Upton Park told FDN that the Scot is highly-regarded by manager Sam Allardyce and his club spies, who have watched the striker on several occasions this term. However, they face a fight to secure his services as the 27-year-old is passionately loyal to Leeds boss Brian McDermott, and is thought to be reluctant to leave while the ex-Reading manager is at the Elland Road helm. Sunderland are also monitoring the situation with interest, but a Black Cats insider revealed he is one of a number of attacking targets being watched by head coach Gus Poyet. McCormack has been in unstoppable form for the Yorkshire club this season, netting 27 goals despite his side’s struggle for consistency. The former Cardiff City man could fetch a fee of at least 5million if Leeds decide to cash in this summer. Watch Arsenal v Man City Saturday or Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday. 24 hour Sky Sports day pass for only 9.99. No contract.