Noel Whelan has claimed he would not be surprised if Leeds United launched a January swoop for Udinese playmaker Rodrigo de Paul.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds forward and boyhood Whites fan claimed the Argentina international possesses the qualities Leeds are missing in midfield.

Spanish outlet Don Balon report Marcelo Bielsa has urged the club to revisit a deal for De Paul and they are already planning an offer of £35million – a new club record.

Football Insider revealed in the summer the club had agreed personal terms with the player but were unable to agree a transfer fee with Udinese.

Asked by Football Insider whether the club should renew their interest in January, Whelan said: “I think we need strength in that central area.

“I’ve seen him play a number of times, very aggressive, very creative as well, looks after the ball and recycles it very well amongst the side.

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“He’s very experienced, he’s a bit more of a creative player that we’ve got in the midfield so far.

“I think the club needs to go in, he was very, very much on Marcelo Bielsa’s wanted list in the summer and Marcelo Bielsa is very, very picky about players that he wants to bring into the club.

“It would not surprise me if they went in, because we failed as well in bringing in Michael Cuisance because of the medical. I think they felt that that one would have been done. 

“We are light in that central midfield area but I would like to have him in there.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we went straight back in and got him in January we need to buy in January.”

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