Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to hijack Leicester City’s pursuit of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

The former Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he had been “crying out” for the Whites to sign the French hitman for over a year.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Leicester City are closing in on a £15million deal for the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.

The proposed move would see Edouard reunite with former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the King Power Stadium.

The France under-21 international is heading into the final 12 months of his contract in Glasgow, forcing Celtic to sell up or miss out on a big-money transfer.

However, Whelan has urged Leeds to launch a late bid to try and gazump their Premier League rivals.

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Reacting to the £15million fee, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Oh god, don’t tell me it’s £15million.

“I’m going to ring Angus Kinnear right now. Please, please, come on. He would flourish with the way we play.

“Now you’ve told me that, I want to ring Mr Radrizzani up, Mr Bielsa up. I want them to go and get him. I’ve been crying out for them to go and get him for a year and a half now.

“I’d hate to think a team like Leicester, who might be the only team in there, throwing £15million at that sort of player.

“I hope they don’t get him and Leeds have a little punt because I think we need another striker.

“That £15million for us, we’d get ourselves a striker that would probably go and get you 15-20 goals in the Premier League.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal West Ham have set sights on signing a Leeds United mainstay.