Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to rival the likes of Aston Villa and Leicester to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker suggested the 23-year-old would be perfect competition for Patrick Bamford.

As revealed by a Football Insider source, Leicester have joined Villa and Wolves in the race to sign £40m-valued Abraham amid doubts over his Chelsea future.

The England international has struggled for game time since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.

He has not started a league game since January and has played just three top-flight minutes since February.

Whelan admitted Leeds could do with a “natural goalscorer” to compete and cover for Bamford this summer.

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As such, he urged the Whites to launch a rival move for Abraham.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Gosh, I’d like Leeds United to be linked with Tammy Abraham. A natural goalscorer, somebody with that stature.

“Very much like a Patrick Bamford sort of player as well, probably a little bit more clinical in front of goal. 

“I’d like to see us linked with a Tammy Abraham, that would be quite a good signing. He works hard, he’s got the right attributes that I believe we could benefit from. I could see it.”

The Chelsea hitman has netted six Premier League goals in 21 appearances this season.

In comparison, Bamford has netted 14 times in Leeds’ first season back in the top flight.

The 27-year-old has started every single one of the Whites’ top-flight fixtures so far.

Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo would be in line to start up front if Bamford was missing.

In other news, Robin Koch has been tipped for another lengthy spell on the sidelines at Leeds United.