Whelan makes '£30m' transfer claim as Leeds in talks to sign Miller
Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United could save “millions” by signing Birmingham City sensation Amari Miller.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider,suggested the Whites could develop a “£30million” player rather than buying one.
Football Insider revealed this week (June 16th) Leeds are in advanced talks to sign the young forward and have offered him a contract.
Birmingham have offered the 18-year-old a professional deal but will not stand in the way of him leaving.
However, Leeds are set to beat to the Toffees to his capture.
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Whelan heralded the Whites’ desire to sign young talent and suggested it could save the club a fortune.
He told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Leeds are not just looking to the present. They spend a lot of time making sure they get the right players into that development squad.
“Hopefully, in years to come, it’s going to save them a lot of money. Give them two years in that development squad.
“You’d like to think that, hopefully, they’d be ready for the first team and start pushing the first-teamers.
“Then you think about the first team players that are already there and the ones that we are going to bring in as well throughout the season.
“They’ll be playing with these quality international players. It makes the first-teamers better in themselves as well.
“You sometimes don’t need to go out and spend £30 million. You can make that by giving these young players that little bit of nurturing and progression they need.
“At the end of the day it can save you millions if you do it right. Leeds United have had it right up till now.”
The young attacker is comfortable on either side of the wing and can also slot in centrally.
Miller started Birmingham’s final two Championship games of the season and has made a total of 5 senior appearances.