Noel Whelan has admitted he is “desperate” for Leeds United to try and sign Odsonne Edouard for a “bargain” price from Celtic.

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 23-year-old would offer so much more than just goals at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider, there is a belief Edouard could quit Celtic for as little as £8million due to his contract situation and the financial crisis caused by the pandemic.


He was valued at £40million last summer and £25million in January.

His performances have caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, with West Ham already working on a deal.

However, German giants Borussia Dortmund are also understood to be keen amid uncertainty over Erling Haaland’s future.

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Edouard has scored 20 goals this season despite both his and the Hoops’ middling form this term.

Whelan admitted he had been calling for Leeds to pursue the Celtic star for years.

He insisted the striker would be a bargain for whoever signed him this summer.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “When you’re looking for a striker and a renowned goalscorer, which he is, that’s a snip.

“I mean it really is if anyone is looking for a bargain out there. I’ve been desperately speaking about him for years now about getting him at Leeds United. What can you do?

“Wherever he goes, he will score goals. It’s as simple as that. He will bring a lot more than just goals to the party as well.

“It’s amazing how sometimes there’s only one or two interested. Then, all of a sudden you get a fight on your hands where he’s wanted by three, four or five teams.” 

In other news, Leeds United could be missing Raphinha for “weeks” after Bielsa update, claims pundit.