Date: 4th June 2019 at 11:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has claimed the possible takeover of Leeds United by the Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain “could be massive” for the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker and lifelong fan believes it is “exciting” that billionaires are in discussions to buy a stake in the Championship club.

French publication L’Equipe and the New York Times revealed on Monday and then again on Tuesday that PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has held discussions with United owner Andrea Radrizanni in Doha.

Asked for his initial reaction to the latest takeover reports, Whelan told Football Insider: “I thought, ‘Wow, this could be massive for Leeds’. Everyone is getting excited about the possibility of a billionaire taking over.

“You can see there is excitement from fans on social media and that something big could be about to happen. Clearly, there are things happening behind the scenes, with the meetings in Doha.

“It doesn’t surprise me someone rich is interested in buying Leeds, or that Mr Radrizzani is interested in selling. If he doesn’t have the money to put into the club, or to invest in player, then maybe it is better to give someone else a chance.”

Leeds initially poured cold water on the possibility of a share sale when reports first emerged of Qatar interest on 25 May.

But they appear to be very credible and come at a time when Radrizzani has spoken of a “difficult” transfer market this summer in the aftermath of United’s failure to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds finished third in the Championship but then lost to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a Whites ace is quitting after agreeing a £13,000-a-week contract with a new club.