By Noel Whelan

5th Aug, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Whelan frets as newspaper reports Leeds summer transfer budget

Noel Whelan insisted Leeds United have to spend very wisely if they only have £45million to spend in this transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry forward voiced concerns over his club’s reported transfer budget with “bog standard” players such as Joelinton having commanded a fee of £40million last summer.

According to Mail on Sunday, the Championship winners have a budget of £45million for summer signings.

It looks like £1million of that will be spent on Wigan’s Joe Gelhardt after a £1million bid was accepted and Football Insider understands that there is a growing expectation the deal can be finalised this week.

However, with a senior striker needed at Elland Road and Ben White likely to command a fee of more than £30million the reported budget does not look like it will get Leeds far.

When asked by Football Insider if £45million would be enough for Marcelo Bielsa going into the Premier League next season, Whelan said: “It is not a big amount to spend on players. I would have liked it to be a little more but if they can get hold of the right kind of players it can be done.

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“We are talking about staying in the Premier League and £45million will be a lot less than what other teams will be spending in the transfer window.

“It is up to the club but they have to get the transfers right if we only have £45million. You look at some of the players that have gone for £40million themselves, the likes of Joelinton, and they are bog standard average.”  

In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown claims reported target is looking to leave Premier League big guns this summer.