Leeds told Celtic transfer target Shane Duffy would help club avoid relegation

Leeds United have been told that signing Brighton defender Shane Duffy would help keep them in the Premier League next season.

Marcelo Bielsa is on the lookout for transfers as the Whites prepare for their first top-tier match in 16 years.

Several players have been linked with a switch to Elland Road this summer.

One on the lips of fans is Ben White, who had a fantastic season there last year in the Championship – not missing a single league match.

However, Brighton have no intention of letting the 22-year-old leave – but his team-mate could be on the way out.

Duffy has caught the eye of several clubs around the country – and some further afield.

West Brom, West Ham and Leeds are all interested in the Republic of Ireland international.

But Celtic are also in for the 28-year-old and can offer Champions League football, though wage demands would be a concern.

However, ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan has told Bielsa to go and land the centre-back or risk relegation.

Whelan told Football Insider : “Gaetano Berardi is out for a long time so we don’t really have any recognised centre-halves bar the young lads coming through.

“With Premier League football and the players you’re coming up against you’re going to get found out pretty quickly.

“We need experience and Shane Duffy has played in the Premier League, he knows what it’s all about.

"He’s a competitor, a leader and I’m sure lots of clubs are looking at him.

“He’s one player I look at him and think ‘yeah if we can add him to the squad along with another centre-half then we’re covering two positions’.

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“We do need quality, we can’t get away with average in the Premier League, you’ll soon get found out.

“We don’t want to be a one season wonder, working so hard to get into the Premier League.

"We’ve got to make sure we buy the right players and don’t overextend ourselves with the money we’ve got.”

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