By Noel Whelan

18th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan: There's 'lots of work in the background' at Leeds as Radrizzani goes into transfer overdrive

Noel Whelan has claimed there is “lots of work going on in the background” after Leeds United pulled the plug on their pursuit of Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the new Whites ambassador said transfer negotiations will accelerate now the European Championships have finished.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in the market for a new goalkeeper after Kiko Casilla joined Elche on a season-long loan deal earlier this month.

Casilla‘s replacement will not be Newcastle’s Woodman though.

As revealed by Football Insider on Sunday morning, Leeds have moved onto alternative targets after an unsuccessful attempt to lure the Englishman to Elland Road.

It is understood that Levante’s Dani Cardenas, 24, and Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson, 20, are now at the top of the shortlist.

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“I’m sure the club have got their eyes on many people. They will be looking at other targets now.

“The Euros has finished now and business, it will get done. The club will want to get deals done as quickly as possibly. You want to get new faces into the squad as quickly as possible so they can get to know their teammates and get used to their surroundings.

“There is lots of work going on in the background to try and get these deals done. It is never as easy as you think. Victor Orta, Mr. Radrizzani and the manager will be doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get Leeds United to where they want.

“It is about giving Leeds the best chance of success next season.”

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