Danny Mills believes Leeds United target Rodrigo De Paul has been earmarked as a potential long-term replacement for Pablo Hernandez.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds full back claimed Hernandez is “not going to play too many 90 minutes in the Premier League this season”.
Football Insider revealed that Leeds have agreed personal terms with De Paul, 26, but are still negotiating a fee with Serie A side Udinese for the playmaker.
Hernandez turned 35 in April and Leeds are keen to recruit somebody who can take over the creative mantle from the Spaniard.
Asked by Football Insider whether De Paul was being brought into to replace Hernandez, Mills said: “They could survive without him but if you can add players to the squad at this stage, then brilliant.
“I think Leeds have shown they’re not going to be held to ransom, they’re not going to pay over the odds for anybody.
“If they can get the deal done and make the squad stronger then brilliant.
“Pablo Hernandez has been absolutely magnificent but he’s not a long-term option. He’s not going to play too many 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.
“If you can get somebody brought in this season, share the game time perhaps with Pablo Hernandez and ease him into the way Leeds play and the Premier League that way. That could be a really good fit for everybody.”
Since joining Udinese from Valencia in July 2016, De Paul has played 146 games contributing 25 goals and 25 assists.
In Serie A last season the Argentine international netted seven goals and provided six assists in 34 appearances.
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