BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to cough up £10million and sign Preston striker Jordan Hugill before the January transfer window slams shut.
Football Insider exclusively revealed earlier this week that the Yorkshire giants are eyeing up a move for Hugill, 25, this month after failing to snap up the ex-Port Vale striker in the summer when he handed in a transfer request to leave Deepdale.
On Saturday, Thomas Christiansen’s side lost ground in their bid to finish in the Championship play-off spots this season when they lost 1-0 to Ipswich at Portman Road, leading to fans to grow more frustrated by the lack of clinical strikers on the books at Elland Road.
After the game, ex-Leeds player Whelan called on Christiansen to go out and meet Preston’s demands for Hugill, claiming that the forward’s value could soar by 50 per cent within a matter of months.
“They should sign Jordan Hugill,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds on Saturday following the defeat to Ipswich.
“No disrespect to Preston, but if it is a choice between them and Leeds, as a player you’re going to choose Leeds. I’m sure he would love to come.
“He is worth £10million now, pay £10million. At the end of the season he could be worth £15million. If a club wants you, you will go to a club showing you love and showing ambition.
“If it doesn’t work this year, you have a proper striker for next year.”
Hugill has been in top form for Preston over the past couple of seasons.
This term, the target man has netted 10 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions, more than any of Leeds’ current strikers.
The Middlesbrough-born striker shares similar qualities to Chris Wood, who left Leeds to join Burnley in the summer for £15million.
Although the Whites netted a big sum of cash, they proceeded to seemingly invest in quantity over quality, but BBC pundit Whelan now firmly believes that the Yorkshire side must go all in on Hugill to revive their promotion bid.