By Noel Whelan

17th Mar, 2020 | 7:30pm

Exclusive: Whelan tips Leeds for stunning £35m goal machine signing

Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United could smash their transfer record to sign £35million-valued Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham if they win promotion.

The former Elland Road striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 25-year-old goal machine will be on the radar of the Yorkshire giants and he would be a shrewd recruit.

The Fulham striker is the top scorer in the Championship so far this season, scoring 23 goals in 34 games in the league.

Mitrovic put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at Craven Cottage last summer that will keep him at the club until 2024.

It is therefore likely any deal for the former Newcastle United player would cost well in excess of the initial £27million Fulham paid for his services.

When asked if United would be in the market for a striker this summer, Whelan told Football Insider“Do we want more tried and tested? Do we want a different style of player?

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“I would be looking at Mitrovic. He has got the fight and the scoring ability and capability of being a difference. Someone who is a handful, someone a bit bigger and stronger. He is better from wide areas and that is where the majority of our play comes from. I think Mitrovic would be one that Leeds will be looking at.

“They paid £27million for him and for £35million it would be a good capture. He is a proven goalscorer, can hold the ball up and he would love the number of crosses we put in the box.”

The EFL announced on Friday, along with the FA and Premier League that all fixtures were postponed until April 3 due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Although the governing body yesterday claimed no further decision has been made it appears increasingly unlikely that the season will resume on that date – if at all.

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