Exclusive: Leeds may land major Qatar cash pot ahead of January - pundit claim
Leeds United may agree a deal in which they secure a portion of a potentially huge Qatar cash pot ahead of the January window.
That is the verdict of ex-United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as he reacted to Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani holding fresh talks with Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) last week.
The two parties are working towards a deal that would see the mega-rich company with its first foothold in English football.
Whelan pointed out how it would make sense for all parties for Leeds’ promotion bid to be given a January cash boost from QSI, with Radrizzani revealing in a Times interview there is an offer on the table allowing the club “compete with Manchester City”.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Italian businessman currently only wants to sell a small stake of his 88 per cent holding, but this could still mean immediate investment in the squad.
“Leeds is a club going places and I’m not surprised Qatar are interested,” Whelan told Football Insider. “But we need to get back in the Premier League to maximise our value and, to help guarantee that, we need investment.
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“Most fans would love some cash for January. If we can stay within financial fair play limits, it could be the difference between getting promoted and staying in the Championship for another year.
“It’s great that Mr Radrizzani is friends with these people and it’s clear talks are going on regarding investment in Leeds.
“What we need – and I can see it happening – is part of the investment now to help Leeds strengthen the squad in January and get promoted.”
Leeds did not pay any transfer fees on new signings in the summer window.
All the senior arrivals were on loan, with Jack Harrison, Ben White, Helder Costa, Eddie Nketiah, Jack Clarke and Ilan Meslier signing initially just for the season, although United are obliged to pay Wolves £15million for Costa next summer.
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