Noel Whelan has delivered a scathing attack on Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani for caving in to Tottenham and selling Jack Clarke for a “knockdown” price.
The ex-Leeds striker and lifelong fan is unhappy at the news, as first revealed by Football Insider early this morning, that Clarke is undergoing a Spurs medical after being granted permission by United to complete transfer worth £8.5million rising to a potential £12million.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan claimed Radrizzani has been “way too soft” in negotiations with the Premier League giants and believes the fee should be far higher.
“If Leeds sell Clarke for £8.5-£10million, that shows weakness,” Whelan said. “We’re being soft yet again, when we need to be tough. We’ve gone down the route we went with Lewis Cook, who’s now worth three or four times what Bournemouth paid us for him.
“It’s desperate from Leeds, I’m afraid. £8m, £10m it’s a disgrace. We need to be stronger as a club than that. The chairman, Mr Radrizzani, needs to be stronger.
“You can’t blame the young man for having his head turned by Tottenham. They’re a big club who were in the Champions League final a month ago. Which Championship teenager wouldn’t be interested?
“I don’t want Leeds to be a selling club, I really don’t. I’m afraid Mr Radrizzani has let the fans down with this one. If he got £13m straight up, that would make a difference, as you can buy three quality players.”
Clarke is set to be confirmed as the first of a number of new signings by Tottenham, as well as the first departure from Leeds this summer.
Supporters will be hoping the club can hold on to their remaining key players as they step up plans to prepare for the new season.
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