Noel Whelan has claimed it is a clever move from Leeds United to postpone the permanent signing of Jack Harrison until next year.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the decision will allow the club to free up money to put towards the permanent signing of Ben White.

According to Phil Hay the club have agreed another season-long loan deal with Manchester City for Harrison, 23, with the intention of signing him permanently next summer.

The fee for the winger’s acquisition in 2021 will reportedly be in the region of £10million.

Harrison‘s 49 appearances this season have yielded six goals and eight assists.

When asked by Football Insider if the club were making a mistake not signing the left-footer permanently this summer, Whelan said:

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“I think it is good management. You can hold onto that money and put it elsewhere.

“All we will be doing is paying a little bit extra on top after another season in the Premier League.

“The deal will be done but it frees up £8million to be put somewhere else. It could be a goalkeeper, a centre-half – money towards signing Ben White.”

Football Insider understands that Leeds will have to pay £35million if they want to sign Ben White permanently after a highly successful loan at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were awarded the Championship trophy last night after a 4-0 thrashing of Charlton.

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