By Noel Whelan

9th Mar, 2020 | 1:12pm

Exclusive: Leeds urged to pull out of Augustin deal, Whelan claims '£40m...big risk'

Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United not to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin permanently this summer claiming it would be “a big risk” to do so. 

The ex-Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted the club needs to add three strikers ahead of next season but he hopes the 22-year-old is not one of them.

Augustin has barely featured since joining on a season-long loan deal in January from Red Bull Leipzig.

The forward has only made 3 appearances since the move, all as a substitute.

The former AS Monaco player is currently sidelined with a muscle injury sustained in training.

United have the option to make the move permanent in the summer but Whelan believes such a move would prove a mistake.

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“I think it would be a big risk signing him,” he told Football Insider.

“I do not think there is any point. He is not going to contribute anything this year, that is for sure.

“Despite what people may think, that he is a £40million player, to get that kind of a price tag you have got to be fit and be banging in 25 goals a season, three on the bounce. He is not going to do that. He is not going to do it next year in the Premier League, that would be too much for him. One game in eight months he has played.

“We need more strikers, probably three. If he is going to be signed it cannot be on the back of what he has done so far because he has done nothing.”

The former France under-21 international is expected to make a return this month but with Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts both amongst the goals, it is unclear whether he will be given a chance.

The Whites moved top of the Championship last weekend with a 2-0 victory over rivals Huddersfield.

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