By Noel Whelan

20th Jan, 2021 | 12:48pm

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sign 'Missing Piece of Jigsaw' after Radrizzani reveal

Leeds United will move for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul if he becomes available as he is “the missing piece of the jigsaw” for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

That is the view of former White and Coventry striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest development in the Yorkshire club’s pursuit of the 26-year-old.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani liked a Tweet on Saturday in which a Whites fan asked the club to get Rodrigo De Paul on a plane to Elland Road.

The like has since been removed but not before a fan could share a picture of it on his personal Twitter account.

Leeds agreed personal terms with the Udinese midfielder in the summer but a potential move fell through with the two clubs failing to agree on the finances of a deal.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest transfer hint, Whelan said: “It is up to Marcelo Bielsa but Radrizzani and the board will back the manager.

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“The scouting network identify the players but Bielsa has the final say on who he wants to work with.

“Victor Orta has done very well up to now and I am sure if Rodrigo de Paul is available and a deal can be done they would love to get that over the line.

“Leeds need another midfield player and someone of that quality would definitely help the team, there is no doubt about that.

“He would compliment Rodrigo and Kalvin Phillips. He is the missing piece of the jigsaw.” 

Rodrigo de Paul’s 19 appearances for Udinese this season have yielded four goals and three assists.

He has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at the Italian club.

In other news, Leeds United have been offered the chance to sign a red-hot striker who is faster than PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.