Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to bring in reinforcements to give them “half a chance” in the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites ace and boyhood Leeds fan delivered his verdict as the club stepped up their efforts to sign Udinese playmaker Rodrigo De Paul.

Football Insider revealed the club are speaking daily to the 26-year-old as they remain locked in negotiations with the Serie A side over a blockbuster deal.

The Argentina international confirmed on twitter earlier this week that he wants to join countryman Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road but Udinese are holding out for a fee of £37million.

The Whites are also confident of adding Croatia under-21 defender Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb in the coming weeks.

Whelan believes the transfers completed should be completed with a matter of urgency because of a couple of injuries could leave Leeds very short.

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Asked by Football Insider whether he was worried about Leeds’ squad depth, Whelan said: “Yes, it concerns me.

“I would love to be like Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, and have a bench where you’ve spent a lot of money, we can’t do that.

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“When you look at the game the other night and you look at the bench, you just think if we get a couple of injuries we could be struggling again.

“I know we can’t go out and splash hundreds of millions of pounds but I think we need more bodies through the door to give us half a chance.”

In other Leeds United news, a big dressing room character has been tipped to make their return to the Leeds XI against Fulham in a key change.