Yesterday news broke that Leeds were continuing to see the fruition of their worldwide scouting quest.
The club look set to sign their first player from Asia with Yosuke Ideguchi linked with a potential move to the whites.
The Gamba Osaka player had already been teased by Victor Orta last week in a Q&A which stated the club had big news coming from Asia over the next week.
The move is said to be headed by Leeds' new Japanese scout Toshiya Fujita who is now head of football development in Asian territories for the club.
The 21-year old who announced his name on the world stage by scoring an impressive goal against Australia was named the J League Young Player of the Year last season and is looking to build on his new fame.
A move to Europe could give Ideguchi the perfect chance to experience the European football environment and increase his stardom in which players like Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa have already successfully done.
Leeds look set to meet Ideguchi's £700,000 release clause in his Gamba contract and will look to conclude a deal ahead of January's transfer market.
However, a downside to the deal is that Ideguchi is unlikely to be granted a work permit and has not featured enough times for Japan over the past year to gain special citizenship, with only four caps to his name.
In this eventuality Leeds may look to loan the player out to a European club and hope that he continues his rich vain of form in the Japanese national team.
A perfect suitor could be currently partnered Cultural Leonesa, who have an agreement with Leeds to loan current players in order to gain first team experience or in this case a work permit.
Fifa regulation states that in special circumstances Leeds can appeal a rejected work permit every 120 days. This means if a deal can be done soon, the club could make an appeal in the January transfer window.
Whatever will be decided, with Leeds looking to branch out in Asia, signing a national team player could be the perfect way for the club to gain success in the market, especially if this certain player is a new national prospect.
By Ryan Ingham
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