EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to make a fresh bid to sign newly-available winger Albert Adomah.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker mooted the possibility of a fresh swoop for winger after it emerged over the last 24 hours that he is being released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League.

The Yorkshire giants have been strongly linked with signing Adomah on a number of occasions in recent years, with the Guardian reporting in their live transfer blog last summer (7 August, 12:21) that United were battling to sign him right up until deadline day.

Adomah turns 32 in December but Whelan does not believe his age should be an impediment to what would be a shrewd free signing.

“Leeds should absolutely be looking at Adomah,” Whelan told Football Insider. “We’ve tried to sign him before a few times and we should try again. You need players who can open the door, and Adomah has pace and that bit of quality you need.

“He can create havoc with his directness and what a player you can have at your football club. I know Marcelo Bielsa likes working with younger players, but Leeds fell short this season because of that lack of experience and knowhow to get across the line.

“Who would get you more goals and assists? Adomah, or Jack Harrison. Adomah would, for me. He’s far better than Harrison. He could be a great free signing.”

Adomah made 42 appearances for Villa in their promotion-clinching campaign and 125 in total – scoring 22 goals and supplying 21 assists – since signing from Middlesbrough in 2016.

He won the club’s player of the year award in 2017-18 and played key roles in each of their three play-off matches this month.

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