By Noel Whelan

9th Jul, 2020 | 10:00am

'Use it to buy Ben White' - Exclusive: Whelan on near-£20m Leeds cash reveal

Noel Whelan insisted that Leeds United “cannot afford to waste” £18million on Jean-Kevin Augustin when the money could be put towards signing Ben White.

The former Elland Road forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was incensed at the idea of the club being obligated to sign the striker after seeing so little of the him.

Football Insider revealed that Leeds may have to pay a major penalty payment which could be multi millions of pounds to RB Leipzig not to sign 23-year-old.

The original loan deal for Augustin, agreed in January, included an £18million obligation to buy clause which would be activated if the Championship leader gained promotion.

Whelan prayed that the club could get out of the deal and use the money towards signing Ben White permanently from Brighton.

“It is not a great scenario,” he told Football Insider.

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“It looks like the worst signing in the world and it looks like we are signing a player who is hampered with injuries.

“Big question marks over whether he can play the Marcelo Bielsa way, so far, he cannot even get through training.

“I am not sure that we want to be dealing with players with that sort of temperament.

“£18million is a lot of money to buy a player that has a massive question mark over his head.

“It is a waste of money. A waste of £18million that could go towards buying Ben White.

“We cannot afford to waste money on players like that. We have seen 48 minutes and 48 minutes of not very good. This is a really sticky situation Leeds United are in.”

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