Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to get rid of Caleb Ekuban as he closes in on a permanent move to Trabzonspor.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the striker, 25, has agreed personal terms with the Turkish club as he looks to convert his season-long loan into a full-time transfer.
The striker joined Trabzonspor last summer on a loan-to-buy deal costing £170,000 that can be converted into a permanent switch for a further £860,000.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan insisted Leeds should have no concerns about offloading a player they signed from Italian Serie B side Chievo in the summer of 2017 for £500,000 in a wave of new arrivals.
“He’s not good enough to play for Leeds, we saw that last season,” the ex-United striker said. “He is surplus to requirements as we need a better quality of player.
“We don’t need him and I’m sure we will be pleased to get him off the wage bill.”
Ekuban has scored eight goals in his 30 appearances for the Super Lig side this season and his agent has claimed a full-time transfer is on the cards.
At Leeds, the forward scored just twice from 21 matches in his debut campaign before failing to win over Marcelo Bielsa during pre-season.
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