Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to sign Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle if they lose Kemar Roofe in the coming weeks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United front man is convinced Gayle would be “the perfect signing” for the Yorkshire giants as they look to secure automatic promotion in the upcoming campaign.

The striker, 28, returned to parent club Newcastle after an outstanding season on loan at West Brom, but his future is up in the air while the Premier League outfit wait to appoint a new manager.

Whelan believes Leeds will be crying out for a proven scorer if they lose Kemar Roofe, who has entered the final year of his contract and is the subject of strong interest from Glasgow Rangers.

“Dwight Gayle would be a perfect signing for Leeds, him and Helder Costa together would be absolutely brilliant,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Hopefully there is a plan in place, as Gayle can win us promotion, he’s that good.

“There is a possibility of losing Roofe, it’s not good business to lose a key player for £5million at a decent age. We are in a pickle if we lose him. We would have to spend more than £5million to get a proven goalscorer, or go into the loan market and use that money on the loan fee and wages.

“We have wide players in abundance, we need centre-forwards and centre-backs to strengthen the spine of the team. I’m getting edgy, the fans are getting edgy. Hopefully there is a plan for losing these key players.”

Gayle is almost certainly available as he found himself surplus to requirements at Newcastle last season after being loaned out in exchange for Salomon Rondon.

The former Crystal Palace and Peterborough front man has an exceptional scoring record in the Championship, netting 24 goals from 41 matches for Albion last season as well as 23 goals in 32 games in Newcastle’s successful promotion campaign in 2016-17.

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