By Noel Whelan

29th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Leeds tipped to save £12m by landing Bereton for 'bargain' price - Whelan

Leeds United could sign Blackburn Rovers attacker Ben Brereton for a “real bargain” this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old could cost just £8million due to his contract situation at Ewood Park.

As reported by Chilean news outlet Red Gol (June 23rd), Leeds are considering a move for the versatile Rovers attacker after long-term interest.

Brereton, a four-cap Chile international, has just one year left on the contract he signed back in 2019.

Rovers are reportedly looking to tie the attacker down after his impressive form for both club and country.

However, Whelan suggested Leeds could save as much as £12million by signing Brereton over a £20million signing.

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Asked if Brereton could be a potential bargain, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He could. That’s the same for any club.

“When you look at these sort of players playing international football down to one year of your contract, I’m sure a memo’s gone out.

“It’ll show every single player in the Championship down on their contract. Clubs might think: ‘Hmm, we could get a real deal here, a real bargain.’

“Everyone’s in the market for a bargain, especially in the climate that we’ve been in.

If you can get something over the line, if he fits the bill, if he’s a player that’s going to excite, to bring some kind of challenge to the team then absolutely.

“Why not? There’s no reason why we should just look into signing £20million players if you’ve got one on your doorstep that you can get for £7-8million.”

Brereton scored seven goals and contributed five assists in 40 Championship appearances last term.

He joined Rovers from Nottingham Forest back in 2019.

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