'Are we going to throw £10m away?' - Exclusive: Whelan makes Leeds striker plea
Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to pull out all the stops to keep hold of “£10million player” Kemar Roofe this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, he ex-United star is concerned that the striker, 26, has entered the final year of his Elland Road contract and yet to agree an extension.
Football Insider revealed this week that Roofe wants pay parity with Leeds’ top earners as he seeks a £30,000-a-week deal amid interest in his services from Premier League new boys Aston Villa.
Whelan is keen for the Championship giants to strike a deal that will secure Roofe’s future at the club.
“Your top striker is worth his weight in gold,” Whelan told Football Insider. “If you want to keep him, you have to make him an attractive offer. He has come to his last year so he is in a strong position and can sign for an overseas club for nothing next January.
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“Yo have to give him something to tease him with. We are talking about a £10million player. When you get into the last two years of a key player’s contract, you should be protecting your asset by adding another two years on.
“Considering we have no money to spend, are we going to throw £10million away by losing Kemar Roofe?”
Roofe finished as Leeds’ top scorer last season with 15 Championship goals despite missing a major chunk of the campaign due to injury.
Whelan believes the versatile attacker has made major strides since signing from Oxford United in the summer of 2016.
“He could do it in the Premier League,” he added to Football Insider. “There is always a club in the Premier League who could take a chance on him, although it might take him a bit of time to adjust.“
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