Exclusive: Whelan Wowed as Leeds plot reported swoop to sign CL winner
Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to sign Divock Origi after it was reported that the club were interested in a move for the Liverpool striker this summer.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 25-year-old would be “prolific” at Elland Road given a run of games in the side.
The Mirror reported on Saturday that Leeds are plotting a swoop for the Belgium international as an alternative to Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.
Origi scored six goals in 42 appearances last term but featured predominantly as a substitute for the Premier League champions.
Aston Villa’s interest in the former Lille player has also been reported as clubs look to offer the centre-forward regular first team football in an attempt to lure him away from Anfield.
When asked by Football Insider if Origi would be a welcome addition at Elland Road, Whelan said: “There is no doubt about it – he would add quality.
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“He would add something different to the side. He has pace, power, height, strength and he knows where the goal is so he would be a huge asset.
“We have seen glimpses of what he can do for Liverpool despite not having a long spell in the side. He always manages to come on and make a difference. Would he be more prolific with a good run of games under his belt? I think he would and Leeds create a lot of chances.
“I think he would be a great addition. It is great that we are interested in a player like that.”
Patrick Bamford, who scored 16 goals in the Championship last season, is currently the Whites only recognised number nine.
Origi has four years left on his contract on Merseyside having penned a new deal last summer.
In other Leeds United news, Alan Hutton is wowed by the prospect of Celtic signing “excellent” Elland Road star.