Exclusive: Whelan touts clause stopping Leeds from signing loanee permanently

Noel Whelan insists that he has “massive doubt” about Leeds United signing Jean-Kevin Augustin after his reported injury blow.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry hitman claims there has “got to be” some sort of clause in the loan agreement which means the Whites may not have to sign him this summer.

As revealed by Football Insider back in March, Leeds have an obligation to buy Augustin for £18million this summer if they are promoted back to the Premier League.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay reports that the Frenchman may miss the rest of the season after picking up a hamstring injury in training.

Having seen the striker play just three times for Leeds since his loan move, Whelan believes there must be a clause which gives the Whites the option over signing him permanently.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I don’t know where it stands now on signing the player because it seems to me he’s struggling to keep himself fit and you don’t want to take a risk on a player you know nothing about really. 

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“You’ve not seen him fit at his best so it makes it a bigger risk now about making that signing permanent. 

“There’s got to be something, you’d have liked to have thought they’d have put in he’s got to play a certain amount of games or minutes for this obligation to actually kick in. We’ve hardly seen him, Forshaw’s played more minutes than Augustin and he’s been injured since September!

“We still have no idea what this player’s going to offer us. It remains a massive doubt, there’s got to be a lot of talking to do to justify this signing, which would be a record signing.” 

Augustin has a total of just 48 minutes under his belt for Leeds since arriving on loan from RB Leipzig.

He also struggled for game time at AS Monaco in the first half of the season, with just one goal to his name for the French side.

In other Leeds United news, Kevin Phillips has questioned the lifestyle of one first-team player at Elland Road.