By Noel Whelan

5th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Whelan: Leeds could be about to make statement Damsgaard signing after reported update

Leeds United could make a big statement with the signing of Sampdoria and Denmark winger Mikkel Damsgaard this summer.

That is the view of former Whites and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of the 21-year-old moving to Elland Road.

According to Turkish news outlet Sabah (via Leeds Live July 5th), Leeds are one of a number of clubs in the race to sign the left-winger.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Sampdoria want £25.7million for Damsgaard following his impressive displays at the Euros.

He has three years left on his contract at the Italian club.

When asked by Football Insider if Damsgaard would be a welcome addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s side, Whelan said:

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“Wow, now he would be a signing. From what I have seen, he is the next big thing coming out of Denmark.

“Again, we are looking at players who are the right age and of the right profile. Somebody who would compliment what Marcelo Bielsa already has.

“Leeds nowadays are very intense and aggressive in their style of play and fitness plays a huge part. He looks to me as if he could do that as well, which is important because it’s not just about the little flicks.

“Damsgaard is a very exciting prospect. If we could get that deal over the line it would show just how far we’ve come in the last couple of years.”

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