'He's the leader we need' - Leeds Exclusive: Whelan reacts to big transfer development
Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United could have “a fantastic goalkeeper” if they sign Joe Hart but insisted there are no guarantees he will be a success at Elland Road.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 33-year-old has been inconsistent since the appointment of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The former England number one is looking for a new club this summer as he revealed to The Guardian that he will leave Burnley upon the expiration of his contract on 30 June.
Football Insider revealed last month that the shot-stopper was willing to take a cut on his £70,000-a-week wages to help push through a summer move and would be open to a club like Leeds.
Whelan suggested the Premier League winner would not provide much financial risk given he is out of contract this summer.
“If he is available on a free transfer you are not going to be losing out on much,” he told Football Insider.
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“His wages will be big though, do not get me wrong but we could possibly get two years out of him.
“He has been a mixed bag since he has left Manchester City and we have not seen the best of Joe Hart.
“I hope Leeds could get the best out of him because there is a fantastic goalkeeper in there and his career tells you that.
“Sometimes you need to find that right club to get that confidence back again.
“He has the experience and I am sure he’s the leader we need.”
Football Insider understands that current Leeds number one Kiko Casilla could be heading for the exit door this summer with a number of clubs in Spain interested.
Hart featuring only three times this season, all in cup competitions, conceding a total of seven goals.
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