By Noel Whelan

2nd Aug, 2019 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Leeds ace given green light to join 'massive club'


Noel Whelan says that Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe will be joining a “massive club” in the shape of Anderlecht as he closes in on leaving Elland Road.

The former Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested that the Jupiler League outfit would be able to pay wages in excess of what Roofe would be able to pick up with the Whites as he heads into the final year of his contract.

As revealed by Football Insider, the striker is set to undergo a medical this weekend with the Belgian side after a fee was agreed between the two clubs.

Whelan says that the pressure is on Leeds to find a deal which works for them rather than face losing him for nothing and that Anderlecht could offer both club and player what they want.

“He’s one of these players that enjoys challenges and there’s definitely a challenge there for him,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“What you’ve got to look at is it’s still a massive club. It is an overseas club which makes it more difficult if it does get to December that we’re not going to get anything.

“It looks imminent that he will be on his way and it will be Anderlecht. We’ve allowed his contract to get to this point so right now, if he’s not willing to sign another contract and is willing to wait it out, it puts a lot of pressure on Leeds United to get something for the player.

 “He’s not one of the biggest earners there so they can probably offer him more than what Leeds can right now. I think if he was going to sign for Leeds, he would have done it by now.”

Roofe has finished the last two Championship seasons as Leeds’ top scorer, having featured alongside Patrick Bamford as Marcelo Bielsa’s first choice strikers up front.

In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa is freezing out a senior outfield international and wants him gone this month.