Noel Whelan says Leeds United signing Southampton striker Che Adams would “suit all parties” if a loan-to-buy move can be agreed this January. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds forward admits the Premier League side would be getting the better deal if they were to sanction his exit for £20million.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Whites have seen three offers rejected by Southampton but are set to hold fresh talks this weekend over a loan move with a view to purchasing him outright for the eight-figure fee

Whelan says that with Southampton having signed Adams for £15million in the summer, it would be the Saints who come out on top if a deal can be agreed between the two clubs.

“I think Southampton would be getting the better deal,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“They paid £15million for him and he has done pretty much nothing and not settled. It has not worked out up to now. They are actually gaining £5million. A player that has not done anything since the move from Championship to Premier League.

“It would fit well for both clubs but if they are not willing to sell there is nothing really Leeds United can do about it. They do not have the money to buy him out now and if they get promoted Southampton will be pocketing £20million.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa hunches over

The 23-year-old has failed to score in his 18 appearances for the Saints this season, although he has featured predominantly as a substitute.

The former Birmingham player would be a welcome addition at Leeds United with only two recognised strikers, in Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts, at the club.

In other Leeds United news, Kevin Phillips has called for Bielsa to axe a mainstay of the side.