By Noel Whelan

12th Jul, 2021 | 9:51am

Whelan heralds Orta influence at Leeds as talks to sign midfielder reported

Noel Whelan has claimed Victor Orta’s “energy and enthusiasm” could play a big role in helping lure top players to Leeds United.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lauded the director of football for his role in the “very difficult” process of signing exciting talent.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post (July 8th), Orta has held talks with an unnamed central midfielder to convince him of a move to Elland Road.

It is said Marcelo Bielsa has given the green light for Leeds to strike a deal.

However, the report states while Orta has held discussions with the player, things are not yet at an advanced stage.

Whelan claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s reputation and Leeds’ exciting brand of football is a big draw for potential recruits.

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However, he suggested Orta’s enthusiasm for the club “oozes” into players and helps get deals over the line.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Everyone’s got a part to play and is a cog in this wheel that keeps turning around.

“Everyone is just as important as another and we’ve seen that. Sometimes we get it wrong but the majority of the time so far we’ve got it right.

“Marcelo Bielsa will tell them what he wants. I’m sure he picks out certain players he wants at the club, like the midfielder they’re in talks with. Victor Orta will go and do that negotiation part. That’s very difficult to do at times.

“But his energy, his enthusiasm, his love for the club, we’ve all seen in it the stands while watching the game. It just oozes into players who want to come and play.

“It’s an exciting time for Leeds. We played some really exciting football last year.

“I’m sure it’s not gone under the radar abroad and in European countries of how well we play. How exciting we are to watch.

“Hopefully these players are looking forward to being part of that.”

In other news, Leeds United tipped to sign Premier League star as player given green light to move.