By Noel Whelan

21st Jun, 2021 | 4:00pm

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Noel Whelan insists Leeds United would not be taking a risk if they signed Adama Traore from Wolves.

The former Whites hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to a fresh claim on the club’s interest in the attacker.

Eurosport reported on 15th June that Leeds are continuing to show an interest in the 25-year-old.

Traore, 25, scored two goals and picked up three assists in the Premier League last season.

He is currently at Euro 2020 with Spain but is yet to make an appearance at the tournament.

He has been consistently linked with a move to Elland Road over the last 12 months with Eurosport again reporting links in February.

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Whelan claims Traore has improved his finishing over the last year and can be a real asset to Marcelo Bielsa.

“I think Liverpool have looked at him,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“I’m sure many other clubs have looked at him as well.

“There was a question mark over his end product maybe two or three years ago.

“He was a bit like Theo Walcott, he had all the pace and did the hard but that end product was questionable.

“Traore has really improved in that area, we’ve seen how powerful he can be.

“He can play out wide it through the middle and he offers you that little bit of something most players don’t have.

“Raw pace and power. Bielsa won’t sign a player based on one good season.

“Would it be a risk? No. Helder Costa hasn’t really done anything. We need a winger who can produce consistently. Traore would be a real asset.”

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