EXCLUSIVE

Leeds United have missed a trick by not signing Romaine Sawyers after the midfielder completed his move from Brentford to West Brom, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and lifelong supporter says that the Whites had looked at the 27-year-old but failed to pounce before he made his move from the Bees to the Baggies.

The Hawthorns outfit confirmed Sawyers’ capture over the weekend, the midfielder returning to the club he left six years ago for Walsall, after Football Insider revealed that Leeds chief Victor Orta had the former Brentford man in his sights.

Whelan says that he is disappointed not to see the former Brentford star donning the shirt at Elland Road for next season, insisting that Sawyers would have been well worth whatever he cost West Brom.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It would have been money well spent by Leeds United to bring in a player like that. I feel Leeds have missed a trick here.

“They’ve already looked at him and noticed him, enjoying him as a player, I would have liked him at Elland Road. Why not push the boat out? He would have been a great acquisition.

“Disappointed we haven’t managed to splash a little bit of money.”

Sawyers is an experienced operator in the Championship, with 127 games played in the second tier of English football.

He played 42 times in the league for Brentford last season and totalled 135 appearances for the Bees before moving to the Hawthorns.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has admitted he was stunned by a certain development at Elland Road this summer.