Leeds United must spend in the region of £100million on players each season if they want to break into the top six.

That is according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Simon Jordan’s claims on talkSPORT regarding Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s progression.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, journalist Duncan Castles said Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani wants his club to be the Premier League’s seventh force by 2025.

As quoted by Leeds Live, former Crystal Palace owner and talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan said the Yorkshire giants need to spend over £100million every year if they want to compete with the so-called ‘big six’.

Whelan agreed that huge investment was needed, even if the club regularly produce first-team players from their academy.

“I think it would take close to £100million in spending per-season,” he told Football Insider.

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“It depends on what comes through the academy but I think most years it would take that level of investment to close the gap. Can we get the Under-23s up to speed and up to Premier League standard? That could save us a bit of money.

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“But, if you look at what the other big clubs are spending, i.e. Everton, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool – they will be spending upwards of £100million a season.

“Simon Jordan is right, if we want to challenge the top six we need to be investing at least half of the Premier League money we get onto players on the pitch.”

In other news, Whelan claims Cooper may disrupt two Leeds United stars after a Thorp Arch sighting.