Mills claims potential Leeds deal for Madueke 'is not cheap' after price tag reveal
Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United would be taking an expensive risk by signing Noni Madueke for £20million.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender suggested the versatile forward may struggle with the step up to the Premier League.
Football Insider learned on 2 June Leeds have reignited their interest in Madueke who PSV Eindhoven now value at £20million.
They had been put off earlier this summer when they learned it would take a bid of £25million to prise away the Englishman.
Madueke enjoyed a fine campaign last season in the Eridevese as his 24 appearances yielded seven goals and six assists.
His form earned him a call up to the England Under-21 squad in March and Aidy Boothroyd compared his rise to that of Phil Foden.
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“I think it’s still a little bit of a risk, bringing somebody in of that inexperience into the Premier League,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It’s ok young players having a good season but the Premier League is totally different, it’s a whole other level.
“It’s not cheap either. It’s not a free transfer, it’s not a couple of million quid.
“Obviously, the Leeds scouting system have done their due diligence but that’s still quite a lot of money for an unproven player and you’ve got no real idea whether it’s going to work out or not.”
Madueke, a graduate of the Spurs academy, also gained experience in the Europa League with PSV last term.
The 19-year-old has nine goals and eight assists in 36 games across all competitions for the Dutch outfit.