By Noel Whelan

23rd Jul, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Whelan bouncing at Hay update on Leeds bid to sign 26/goal assist star

Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to make a move for Said Benrahma this summer if Brentford miss out on promotion.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Marcelo Bielsa “needs” the 24-year-old with Pablo Hernandez, 35, entering his twilight years.

The ever-reliable Phil Hay revealed on Monday that Leeds would likely make a move for Benrahma this summer if The Bees fail to reach the Premier League.

The winger, who has two years left on his current contract, has been one of the Championship’s standout players this year.

His 42 appearances have yielded 17 goals and nine assists.

When asked by Football Insider if Benrahma would be a welcome addition at Elland Road, Whelan said: “He is a top class player. There is no doubt about that.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“He has been doing it in the Championship for a while. Big clubs have been looking at him and that tells you that he is a player that could succeed in the Premier League.

“I would like to think that we are in for him and other top Championship players because we are in a really good position to offer them regular Premier League football. There would be an opportunity to shine at a very big club.

“We need a Benrahma because, as much as Pablo is still running the show, we need a younger player who can do that for 45 games a season. Pablo can then come on when needed to add that extra bit of quality.

“I would be more than happy with Benrahma but he might be in the Premier League with Brentford himself.”

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that approach has been made to sign rising star from Sunderland.

PLUS: Subscribe for free to our brilliant new YouTube channel for daily videos, interviews with our top pundits and special guests, and all the latest insight into the club you love.