By Noel Whelan

12th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Whelan: Leeds will not be held to ransom over Cornet as White cited

Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United will not be held to ransom in their pursuit of new recruits this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there is plenty of “hard bargaining” to be done at Elland Road this summer.

As reported by the Sun (July 10th), Leeds were keen on signing Maxwel Cornet this summer but were put off by Lyon’s £20million asking price.

It is said the Whites are unlikely to follow up their interest, with Burnley now plotting a £13million bid for the 24-year-old winger.

Whelan pointed to Leeds’ failed attempts to sign Ben White as evidence they will not go overboard for one signing.

He suggested the end of international tournaments could kickstart the Whites’ recruitment.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Just like Ben White. He was a fantastic centre-half but we had to do it.

“We were not going to get held to ransom. If a player and the club can’t come to an agreement, or a player doesn’t want to come to Leeds United, we don’t need that player at the club.

“We want players that are going to play for the shirt. Who will play for the badge, be proud to wear that shirt. There are other wingers everywhere else.

“There are links with some big names. Some good players. The Euros and Copa America have ended.

I think there’ll be a bit more clarity on what targets we are going for.

We need to wait and see, this is where the nitty-gritty really starts.

“I’m sure the club are working very, very hard in the background to finalise and push these deals through as quickly as possible now.”

In other news, Whelan predicts new Leeds United signing imminent as medical booked.