Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa may be looking to sign Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster on loan-to-buy deal rather than just a temporary move.

That is according to ex-United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the promotion hopefuls’ chase of the England Under-21 international.

As reported by Football Insider, Leeds have already lodged their interest in Brewster and were set to meet Liverpool to present their case for a deal for the second half of the season.

However, United are not currently the favourites to sign the striker, who is available on loan next month, as they currently lag behind Swansea City and Huddersfield in the race.

“I can see why Leeds want Brewster – he’s young, hungry, quick, has an excellent scoring record for club and country at age-group levels and could develop quickly under Bielsa,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He could be an ideal replacement for Nketiah if he goes, but the problem is Leeds cannot guarantee him a starting role as Patrick Bamford is the number one striker and that isn’t going to change.

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“Marcelo Bielsa wants to take youngsters on board. He knows he will get enthusiasm, energy and work rate from young players, and a willingness to listen to his ideas.

“He is always looking to the future and might be thinking Brewster may be available to buy next summer.

“Bielsa wouldn’t just take someone for the sake of it. Brewster is a young lad who can and will get better, so he could be a loan-to-buy deal.”

United are in the market for a new centre-forward amid doubts as to whether Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah will be at the club beyond the end of January.

The Premier League club are able to exercise a mid-season recall option in Nketiah’s loan deal and may look to do so given that he has not started a single Championship match all season.

In other Leeds United news, one of the club’s biggest names may have played his last game after heading for transfer talks with Premier League manager.