By Noel Whelan

14th Jul, 2020 | 6:44pm

'You're talking about Kane, Salah...' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Leeds ready formal bid

Noel Whelan insisted that Leeds United need to sign another centre-half this summer even if they do complete a permanent deal for Ben White.

The former Whites forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Gaetano Berardi is not Premier League quality and would struggle against the likes of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane.

Marcelo Bielsa has had only three recognised centre-halves at his disposal this season and with one of them, White, only on loan, it is a position that needs to be addressed.

Football Insider revealed that the club are ready to make a formal bid for Benfica’s Branimir Kalaica but face competition from Celtic and Watford.

Whelan urged the club to sign White and one more this summer if promoted.

“We need Ben White and another centre-half,” he told Football Insider. “We are lacking in this area. If we lose White we only have Berardi.

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“He is a fantastic player but you are talking about the Premier League potentially. The likes of Aubameyang, Kane, Salah, Mane, Firmino, Aguero – they are a different level all together.

“You cannot compare playing against them to Vokes and Ayew. The Premier League players have so much more pace and so much more ability.

“We need to be realistic if we get promoted. We need a squad big enough and good enough to cope with these demands and Berardi has not got the quality to deal with those top players week in, week out. Let’s be honest this is a different level.”

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