Danny Mills is unconvinced by the prospect of Cameron Brannagan signing for Leeds United and suggested it would fit neither club nor player.
The former Whites right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the goalscoring midifielder, 23, would struggle for game time at Elland Road especially if promoted to the Premier League.
As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday, Oxford are set to slash the price tag for their sought after midfielder due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.
United have been scouting the former Liverpool man, who is valued at £3-5million, since February.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s summer budget and targets will likely look very different if a return to the Premier League is secured.
Mills urged his former club to look at more established players if promoted.
“If they get into the Premier League they need to look a little bit higher, he told Football Insider.
“Maybe this could be one for the future.
“Oxford are doing very well at the moment and look like they are going to get promoted from League One and he may want to stay there.
“Is he going to go to Leeds and play every week? I do not see that scenario happening. I think he would be better staying another season at Oxford and playing week in week out.
“The younger players are becoming a bit savvier and realising playing games is more important. One more year playing every week can get him a better move in 12 months’ time.”
Brannagan has been the heartbeat of an Oxford United side that sit third in League One with all fixtures currently suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The midfielder has scored seven goals and provided six assists in 36 appearances this campaign.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Footballer Insider which player he expects to shine in the Premier League if promoted.