Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to reignite their pursuit of PSV attacker Noni Madueke ahead of the summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 19-year-old’s big-money price tag would be worth it in the long run.
As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds have made initial contact with PSV over a potential deal for the summer.
However, it is understood the Whites have put their pursuit on ice after being quoted a price of £20-25million for the teenager.
The decision offers an insight into how Leeds are planning on going about their summer business.
A versatile forward, Madueke has played as a winger, a centre forward and an attacking midfielder for PSV.
He has had a dazzling season with the Dutch giants, with nine goals and eight assists under his belt.
Leeds, who only made one £20million-plus signing last summer in Rodrigo, are not willing to fork out that much money for a young talent in what is seen as a lesser league.
However, Whelan insisted it could prove money well spent if Madueke continued to develop under Marcelo Bielsa.
“It’s a big price tag but you’re talking a 19-year-old,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“You think, we paid £27million for a 29-year-old who will give you three years of good football, probably. One of those seasons has gone. To me that (Madueke) seems better money. For a four-year contract, you’re talking maybe £6million-a-year.
“If you get good football out of him, it doesn’t seem that bad when you say over four years it’s costing you £6million to buy him. You’re getting someone who’s still got his best football ahead because 26 is when you hit your best form.
“If you’re looking at longevity and a long-term replacement and performer, £20-25million seems good. It is worth it for a player his age, if he is that good.
“They’re the sort of players Leeds United need to go in for if they’re going to improve this squad.”