By Noel Whelan

14th Jan, 2020 | 10:38am

'He's the one' - Exclusive: Whelan pleads with Leeds to sign attacker after demands reported

Noel Whelan pleaded with Leeds United to put their money where their mouth is and sign Southampton forward Che Adams.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds attacker insisted Adams is the striker the Whites need as he suggested he could hit the ground running at the club.

It was recently reported that Southampton’s hierarchy are more open to letting Adams go if a club is willing to pay a loan fee of £1million as well as agree to an obligation to buy the forward for more than £10million at the end of the season.

It was claimed that Leeds are ready to meet those demands to sign Adams, and Whelan urged his former club to stop messing around and get the deal done.

The ex-striker quickly added that he thought Marcelo Bielsa’s side need a new striker to arrive before Saturday’s clash with QPR.

When asked whether Leeds should continue going all out for Adams after Southampton’s terms to let the forward go were reported, Whelan told Football Insider: “When you just look at his performances, he had a great game against Chelsea, set one up the other day for Southampton.

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“He’s 23-years of age, we’ve shown how desperately we need a striker and we’ve shown on many occasions we need strength in depth, something we don’t have.

“If Leeds are serious about bringing that experience in, a proven goalscorer, well it’s right there for you now.

“You’ve seen enough on Saturday that we need strength in depth in that area, we need someone who is not going to be 21 or 18, we need someone that’s proven, can score goals in the Championship, someone that has every attribute straight away so they can join this group of players straight away.

“He’s the one, he’s the one, now if Leeds United are going to put all their eggs in one basket and that’s the one you want….show your commitment then.

“Stop messing about, get the money put down and get it done, get the player in because we need it before QPR.”

Adams has played 19 times this season for the Saints, and while he hasn’t scored a goal, he has registered three assists.

In his 2018/19 campaign, when playing for Birmingham in the Championship, the 23-year-old scored 22 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that attacking star will undergo Elland Road medical and join the club after agreeing personal terms.