By Nick Ware

13th Feb, 2021 | 9:23am

Ray Parlour hints Leeds could beat Man City to 'unbelievable' signing

Erling Haaland has been billed as the Leeds United prodigal son but Ray Parlour has suggested Manchester City could be his next destination in his fledgling career.

The 20-year-old was born in Leeds and has made no secret of his love for the club and desire to “win the Champions League” with them.

This is a fondness stemming from his dad’s (Alf-Inge) time spent at Elland Road between 1997-2000 and there has been speculation that he will one day end up back in West Yorkshire.

And, while former Arsenal stalwart Parlour thinks Haaland would be perfect for Manchester City, he thinks his dad might have a say in the matter.

Talking on talkSPORT [Breakfast show, 9am, 12/02/21] he said: “I think Haaland is the one [for Man City]. His record is unbelievable. He’s a young man, 6ft 3, 6ft 4, perfect build, his pace is unbelievable, he’s got great movement and he’s 20 years old. Imagine Pep Guardiola getting hold of him now.

“He’s got a lot of ability already but he could make him a lot better. Pep Guardiola would like to see him get better and better under him.

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“Haaland has so much potential. His dad might have a say, he was a legend at Leeds, but I think he’d be perfect for Man City.”

Ready when you are Erling…

Who needs Haaland when you’ve got Patrick Bamford making light work of Premier League defences?

In all seriousness though there is plenty of life left in Bamford and he has hit the ground running this season with 12 goals but with the forward turning 28 later this year there must be some planning in place for a replacement in the next couple of years, or even someone to seriously challenge him.

His place in the side is about as secure as it gets with the only other senior options Tyler Roberts, who is yet prove himself as a Premier League performer, and Rodrigo, who Marcelo Bielsa seems to prefer in a deeper role.

Haaland is currently playing Champions League football so of course it seems like a far-fetched idea at the moment but in a few years time…

The rate at which this Leeds side is progressing is remarkable and we look on course for a top 10 finish this season with Arsenal looking like a potential casualty of the Whites’ quick adaptation to the top division after a 16-year absence.

With Bielsa at the helm and a club of our size and stature it will not be long until we’re back in our rightful place and chasing more European nights at Elland Road.

How about waiting in Dortmund for a few years Erling and we’ll see you soon…

In other Leeds United news, Glenn Hoddle gives his England backing to Kalvin Phillips.