By Noel Whelan

1st Sep, 2020 | 10:42am

Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sell first-team star to part-fund four new signings

Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United sell Barry Douglas and reinvest the money in strengthening the spine of the team.

The former Elland Road forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the Whites to make signings in central areas including a striker, midfielder, centre-half and goalkeeper.

The Daily Mail report that Celtic have held talks with Leeds this summer over a potential deal for the left-back as Neil Lennon looks to bolster his defensive options.

Douglas only made 17 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season and was at times Marcelo Bielsa’s third-choice left-back behind Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski.

Whelan implied that the club could afford to lose Douglas in this transfer window and use the cash raised to fund further transfer activity.

“Douglas has not been consistent enough,” he told Football Insider.

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“When you have had Dallas, who has been playing so well on either side and Alioski, who has stepped up as well, then it is very difficult. I think Leeds could afford to lose him and not necessarily replace him. Stuart Dallas has been exceptional over the past couple of seasons and he will give anyone a game in the Premier League.

“For me it is all about the spine of the side in the Premier League. I want Leeds to concentrate on the spine of the side – striker, goalkeeper, centre-half and another midfield player. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Douglas arrived in a £3million deal from Wolves two years ago and has made 43 appearances for Leeds over the past two seasons.

He has one year left on his contract at Elland Road having signed a three-year agreement in July 2018.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a top club are hopeful of signing Tyler Roberts this summer and handing him new role.