Noel Whelan fears that Leeds United have not heard the last of Jean-Kevin Augustin and claimed it may be a transfer saga that gets “quite messy”.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was hopeful that the club ‘covered their back’ when they agreed the terms of the loan deal in January.

A recurrence of a hamstring injury ruled the striker out for the remainder of the season last month.

Leeds have an obligation to buy the French striker for £18million if they gain promotion to the Premier League.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that United are likely to have to pay a hefty penalty clause if they want to opt out of their obligation to buy the centre-forward.

Whelan was hopeful that the Whites can wriggle out of what he suggested was an unfair clause.

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“This could get quite messy,” he told Football Insider.

“If a club have put a deal in place with certain terms then you expect it to go through, no different to anything outside of football.

“Something should have been in the contract in the first place, that he needs to play a certain amount of minutes and contribute a certain amount before he joins Leeds United permanently. You have got to cover your back.

“We signed a player unfit, overweight and not ready to play football. You would like it to have been a deal that would work for both parties. Not just for one.”

Augustin has played just 48 minutes of football to his name since his arrival from RB Leipzig in January.

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