'Would be great signing' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Leeds agree 22yo reported personal terms
Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to sign Juan Foyth as soon as possible after a report in Argentina suggested a deal was close.
The former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 22-year-old would be a “great signing” and provide much-needed Premier League experience to the squad.
Argentinian publication, Ole, claim that the Tottenham centre-half, who can also play at full-back, has agreed personal terms with the Whites ahead of a season-long loan deal for the 2020/21 campaign.
Foyth has two years remaining on his contract at Spurs but appears surplus to requirements having only played seven times this campaign.
The Argentina international’s versatility will appeal to countryman Marcelo Bielsa and with Ben White’s future at Elland Road unclear he could be set for a major role next season.
When asked by Football Insider if a deal was a case of the sooner the better, Whelan said:
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“It is really important we get him in early so he can have somewhat of a preseason with the squad.
“Bielsa had a good relationship with Pochettino at Tottenham as well as Pep Guardiola at Manchester City so that deal was always on the cards.
“He never made it any secret that he was interested in that player but he was needed at Tottenham during that spell.
“Now Pochettino has gone and Mourinho has come in, he is not wanted.
“It would be a great signing. An Argentina international at a great age and he knows what the Premier League is all about. It would be a shrewd bit of business if they can get it done now.
“It would be on body in place for next season if we cannot lure Ben White back to Leeds.”
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he is “sure” Ben White wants to stay at Leeds after major development.