'Would be great signing' - Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sign 10-cap int'l after Bielsa talks

Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to sign Tottenham defender Juan Foyth during the summer transfer window.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the versatile centre-back would be a “great signing” and someone that Marcelo Bielsa is obviously a fan of.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Whites are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window after previously making enquiries about taking him on loan.

Spurs are set to listen to offers for the Argentina international and his agent told talkSPORT that talks are on the cards over whether he has a future in north London.

Whelan believes that Bielsa will still be keen on taking Foyth to Elland Road after trying to convince former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to let him leave the Lilywhites on loan.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Foyth from Tottenham, Bielsa and Pochettino both were asking and talking about him at the time to try get him on loan.

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“At the time I think Tottenham needed him because of their right-back situation, suspensions and injuries to their centre-halves, because they started playing three at the back halfway through the season, he was required there.

“He’s someone that Marcelo Bielsa has asked about on numerous occasions so that does not surprise me. As cover, we don’t have enough centre-half cover. If Berardi goes, we’re going to need a player like that and he’s got Premiership experience. 

“He’s the right age too, 22, still got time and the best years of his football ahead of him. It would be a good time to nail that player down to Leeds United, he can only get better under Bielsa and at Leeds. Would be a great signing.” 

Foyth has played just seven times for Tottenham this season, his last appearance coming in late December.

He has a total of 32 appearances under his belt for the Lilywhites, as well as 10 caps for Argentina.

In other Leeds United news, the club are well placed to sign Premier League centre-forward for bargain fee after £19million January deal agreed.