Leeds United will sign Rodrigo De Paul in January if he is made available for the right price.

That is the view of former Whites and Coventry striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the the club reigniting their interest in the 26-year-old this month.

Leeds agreed personal terms with the Udinese midfielder in the summer but a potential move fell through with the two clubs failing to agree a fee or the structure of a deal.

De Paul excited the Elland Road faithful last week with a cryptic tweet which could suggest he is set to exit Udinese this year.

His 16 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded three goals and three assists.

When asked by Football Insider if he expects Leeds to reignite their interest in the Argentina international, Whelan said: “We would not lose interest in a player like that.

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“Marcelo Bielsa is very, very picky about players that he wants. De Paul is a player that was looked at in the summer, that was wanted, that was marked by Marcelo Bielsa and if they can get him in, they will get him in.

“If he is available for the right price in this window he will be playing in a Leeds United shirt in January.

“We need more bodies in that central midfield area and I think he fits the bill perfectly. We keep talking about Mateusz Klich going off the boil, and while Shackleton is exceptionally talented he is still only young.

“If we can get De Paul for the right price then we will take that opportunity. We get the deal done right there and then.”  

In other news, a top pundit has tipped Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts to exit Elland Road this month after two big updates.