Noel Whelan insisted “it would be a coup” if Leeds United can pull off the signing of Robin Koch this summer.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, stressed the importance of having a defender lineup up in the eventuality Leeds are priced out of a move for Ben White.
According to Portuguese outlet Record, Koch, 23, is available this summer and valued at £10.6million by Freiburg.
Victor Orta was openly interested in the Germany international in January but admitted a move was subject to promotion.
Marcelo Bielsa’s currently stands to lose two centre-backs this summer.
Ben White’s loan deal expiring at the end of June, whilst Gaetano Berardi is out of contract on 30 June.
When asked by Football Insider if Robin Koch would provide good value for the suggested £10.6million fee, Whelan said: “It would be a coup. We need defenders, there is no doubt about that.
“We do not know what is happening with the Ben White situation but it is better to have a backup plan and knowing where else to look so you can fill that void if Ben White does not sign for Leeds United.
“You need these players [like Koch] in reserve and need to have already held contract talks and agreed a fee so when it does happen you are ready to move straight away.”
Koch, who has been capped twice by his national side, has made 24 appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
West Ham and Spurs are also believed to be interested in the German centre-half.
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