Leeds United may sign Reading sensation Michael Olise and then loan him back next season.
That’s according to former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Leeds’ transfer plans.
Last week, this site revealed that Leeds are very keen on triggering the release clause of the playmaker, which is set at £8million this summer.
Olise, 19, has five goals and 10 assists in 36 Championship outings this season but Phillips claims that any Premier League club will be wasting money on the player unless he is given first-team minutes.
“It’s a tough one. If you’re looking for someone like that then get them on board,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“But if you’re not going to play them then let them go out on loan, maybe back to the club they were with so they can play football again.
“We’re too quick to sign these players who do well for half a season, bring them to a big club and don’t play them.
“They claim they’ll develop in the development squad with the coaches but there’s no substitute for the development you get when you play proper football.
“The Championship is a great league to develop in. He could be a good signing, whether he could make that step up now is a big ask.
“He’s certainly got quality but if Reading get promoted then it could get interesting.”
Reading occupy sixth spot in the Championship as it stands which would be enough to secure them a playoff spot at the end of the season.
Leeds will look to record back to back wins after the international break when they welcome Sheffield United to Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, three youth players have been tipped to make Premier League debuts for Leeds after a key development.