Leeds United must prioritise signing a left-back who can make an immediate impact on the first team rather than teenager Thierry Small.

That is according to ex-Leeds forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the defender who became Everton’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut in January.

The Daily Express report that Leeds are keen on the left-back who is also on the radar of Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Man United.

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Ezgjan Alioski has agreed a pre-contract with Galatasaray and left-back is a position which many of the Elland Road faithful feel needs addressing.

But Whelan says Small, 16, is too inexperienced and Leeds need someone for the here-and-now.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He’s too young right now. He’s another one for the future.

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“We need someone who’s ready to go in the Premier League with a bit more experience, someone who has been playing regular first-team football.

“We need someone readymade, ready to go. Someone who’s going to improve the team, an international player who can add to what we’ve already got at the backline.

“Progression is so important and that’s one of the areas we need to make progress. We need to do it right. Sign a natural wing-back who is going to play the game that Bielsa wants.”

Football Insider pundit Danny Mills’ son Stanley is also an Everton academy member and lives with Small.

Mills claimed he would be “very surprised” if Small chose to leave Everton at this stage.

In other news, Leeds United make decision on signing England Under-21 starlet.