By Dave Woods

6th Nov, 2019 | 10:51am

Former Leeds striker target now reportedly valued at over £80m, but is he still a Whites fan?

Former Whites player Alf-Inge Haaland has admitted his son was a Leeds supporter, but wouldn’t go as far as saying Erling would like to play for the club.

In an interview on talkSPORT on Wednesday, however, he did say that his son would like to play in the Premier League and that his game is suited to the English top-flight.

Erling Haaland has enjoyed a meteoric rise since his move to RB Salzburg in January for £4.5m and a report from Tuttosport has said he is now valued at £86m.

That has come on the back of 12 goals in 11 games in the Bundesliga and seven in four Champions League games for the Austrian club, including a hat-trick on his CL debut.

Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Wednesday, 7am), Haaland was asked what was in the future for his son and about his Leeds pedigree.

“He was born in Leeds, where is he destined? Would he love to play in the Premiership [sic], is he a Leeds fan?” asked Alan Brazil.

“He was a Leeds fan and a [Man] City fan and a Nottingham Forest fan,” replied Haaland, “and he followed me, but that’s what you do in your youth, but there’s a difference between being a supporter and having a job, you know? But he was born in Leeds.”

Asked where he would like to see him play, Haaland replied, “At one stage he would like to play in the Premier League, but when that’s going to happen I don’t know. At the moment he’s ahead of the stage we thought he would be at and he’s built for the Premier League. Hopefully one day.”

According to Phil Hay, Leeds “had a go” at signing striker Erling Haaland around the time they signed Patrick Bamford in the summer of 2018.

That will go down as one that got away now but there will be some fans who hope his links to the club will bring him back if Leeds get promoted back to the Premier League.

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