Noel Whelan has claimed he has been told Leeds United have no plans for January signings at this stage.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the lifelong fan and ex-Leeds striker who covers all the club’s matches as a pundit, claims the “word coming out of Elland Road” is fans should expect a quiet upcoming window.

This comes despite Marcelo Bielsa’s side being third in the Championship and well placed to secure automatic promotion.

Whelan is concerned that Leeds could fall short for a second consecutive season if they do not strengthen their squad in January.

“Right now, the word coming out of Elland Road is Leeds are not looking to buy anyone in January,” Whelan told Football Insider. “That would be a mistake.

“We need another striker. Defensively, we are very good, but we are winning matches by only one goal, the margins are too tight.

“We need three natural centre-forwards minimum, and I don’t count Tyler Roberts as one. Clearly, Bielsa doesn’t either as he uses him in an attacking midfield position.

“If Leeds are serious about promotion they need another striker in January. We are currently without Eddie Nketiah due to injury. What happens if Patrick Bamford gets injured at the weekend.

“I would be very suggested if Patrick went the whole season without getting injured. His career history suggests he will at some stage.”

Leeds are two points adrift of Championship leaders West Brom ahead of the return of the domestic programme this weekend.

Bielsa’s side travel to Luton Town on Saturday and then visit Reading next Tuesday before hosting Middlesbrough at Elland Road the following Saturday.

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