Noel Whelan admits that he is fretting over the plans of the Leeds United board between now and the end of the January transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan admits that he is fearful the club could face a repeat of the Dan James saga which shook the club last January.

The Whites are yet to bring anyone in during the winter window despite seeing both Jack Clarke and Eddie Nkeitah return early to their parent clubs after loan spells at Elland Road.

Whelan says that the club appear to be hedging their bets on securing a deal late in the window but that he is worried they could be bitten once again.

Whelan told Football Insider: “The fact of the matter is that we shouldn’t always, like we did with the Dan James, put all your eggs in one basket and that seems to be we’ve done it again.

“Now we’re in desperate need of a striker, I would have hoped that a plan would be in place and it wouldn’t still be grumbling on. We had this last season and last year – at deadline day we lost out on our one target.

“We’ve got rid of two loan signings in Jack Clarke and (Eddie) Nketiah so we’ve got money available for loans. There’s two lots of loan money there.”

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Leeds are in pole position to sign Southampton striker Che Adams should the Saints allow him to leave before the end of the window.

Patrick Bamford is the only senior centre-forward at Elland Road after Nketiah’s departure, the former Middlesbrough man missing a penalty in the 1-0 defeat to QPR on Saturday afternoon.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan says he has been blown away by a player who has left him “crying out for more”.