Noel Whelan claimed Leeds United and Newcastle “missed a trick” by not signing Fikayo Tomori this month as he closes in on a reported a loan move to AC Milan.

The former White and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that the transfer is a “mouthwatering prospect” for the Chelsea 23-year-old with the Italian giants top of Serie A.

Fabrizio Romano revealed yesterday that AC Milan are set to announce the capture of the Chelsea centre-half on loan with an option to buy.

Football Insider has revealed both Leeds and Newcastle United to have been interested in the England international over the past six weeks.

However, the former Derby County defender will now move to Milan, having made just four appearances for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea this season.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to Tomori’s Stamford Bridge exit, Whelan said: “I think Leeds missed a trick in not signing him.

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“But for the player, it is very difficult for the player to turn down. It is certainly a mouthwatering prospect, to be at a club like that.

“He is going to a club that really wants him. It is not like he is going to an average club here, it is a club fighting at the top of Serie A and will no doubt be in the Champions League next season.

“It looks like a great signing and a youthful signing for AC Milan. They are actually now starting to progress and rebuild.”

In other news, an ex-Derby coach has delivered his verdict on Louie Sibley maybe joining Leeds United this month.