Noel Whelan has heaped praise on striker Rodrigo Moreno as he edges closer to a £27million move to Leeds United from Valencia.

The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 29-year-old “could be the difference” when it comes to Premier League survival next season.

Valencia confirmed last night that a deal had been reached with Leeds for the transfer of the Spain international subject to personal terms and a medical.

Football Insider revealed earlier today that Leeds will pay a club-record £27million fee for the striker as well as a number of performance-related add-ons.

Rodrigo will be handed a blockbuster contract worth £100,000-a-week which will make him the highest paid player at the club by some margin.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the transfer development, Whelan said: “He is a very good striker.

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“I have watched him on a couple of occasions and I have been impressed. A player that is established in La Liga, it is a little bit different to the Premier League but the fact we are making a move for this calibre of player bodes well.

“We realise that we need to pay £20-odd million to get a good striker. It is not an area of the field where we can go cheap because a striker could be the difference between three points and nothing. We have to make sure that we go out there and get the right striker. It will cost good money but he could be the difference between staying in the Premier League or not.”

Rodrigo’s 220 appearances for Valencia have yielded 59 goals and 41 assists.

It will not be his first time playing in England having spent a season on loan at Bolton Wanderers in 2010/11.

In other news Leeds United news, the Whites have been told the price Rangers will agree to sell Ryan Kent for this summer.