Leeds United

Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to target more signings from La Liga during the summer transfer window.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested the Whites would follow Diego Llorente and Rodrigo’s moves with more Spanish signings ahead of next season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Llorente revealed a meeting with Victor Orta, where he explained Leeds’ project and where they saw him fitting into the side, convinced him to join the Whites last year.

He also admitted Leeds’ style of play, which he found similar to teams playing in Spain, was another factor in his decision to move.

As well as Llorente, Leeds also brought in Rodrigo, with the 30-year-old signing for £29million from Valencia.

Whelan admitted he had been impressed by the pair of new arrivals and suggested Leeds would set sights on more La Liga players this summer.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: It’s obviously a place in the world Victor also knows very well, and Marcelo Bielsa.

“That’s probably their go-to, I would say, in terms of looking for players and the style of play. Of course it doesn’t have to be Spain. It’s got to be someone who’s going to compliment the way we play and he style that Marcelo Bielsa wants. 

“That could be anywhere in the world but we’ve seen that we’ve had some good buys from that area now.

Leeds United chiefs Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear

“I think there’s a lot of promise going on at Leeds United right now. It is an attractive proposition to come and play for us because of what they’ve seen this season.

“From the style of play and the way we go about our football matches, I’d like to sign again from Spain as it makes sense.” 

In other news, Whelan has suggested the real reason for Liam Cooper’s absence.