By Pranav Shahaney

1st Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

BT Sport pundit: Leeds United could have signed Manchester City striker Erling Haaland for £2m

Former Everton coach Duncan Ferguson believes that Leeds United could have signed Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in his teenage years.

The City ace’s father Alfie Haaland played for Leeds and his ex-side passed up on the chance to sign his son, Ferguson admits.

The ex-Toffees interim manager, who is also a BT Sport pundit, claims that £2million would’ve been enough for Leeds to secure the services of Haaland.

He said on the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast, “What a phenomenal player he is and I’ll tell you a story. Believe it or not he was in at Everton. He was in at Everton because his dad brought him in and they never signed him. He was 15 or 16.

“The team that he was with wanted a couple of million quid for him and Everton wouldn’t sign him. Nobody knew that and I’ve just told you.

“I’m pretty sure that if his dad took him to Everton he’d have taken him to Leeds because his dad played for Leeds.”

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Missed chance?

There have plenty of stories about Leeds possibly signing Haaland because his dad played for them for a few years.

This timeframe that Ferguson is talking about is certainly the most realistic chance the club had of getting their hands on him.

It was possible before he joined RB Salzburg as that’s where he broke onto the scene and became known to the top clubs in Europe.

Once he started scoring goals for fun in the Champions League, there was no chance of Leeds being able to afford him or of him being keen on moving to Elland Road.

He surely will hold the club close to his heart but is never likely to don their colours professionally in the future.

This does not change the fact that Leeds do need to sign a first-team striker that can walk into the eleven right away and not be a youngster like Willy Gnonto who’ll take some more time to adapt to life in the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard last month.