Leeds United look set to pursue their interest in Japanese youngster Yosuke Ideguchi having a agreed a transfer fee.
The talented Gamba Osaka midfielder has been touted as a future prospect for the Whites having been scouted by Leeds' Head of Football Development in Asia Toshiya Fujita.
Now that the Japanese season has concluded, it's expected that Ideguchi has played his last game for Osaka and looks set to join the Whites in the January transfer window.
Regarded as one of the highest young talents in Japan, Ideguchi is already a national and scored his goal against Australia to qualify for the World Cup.
The 21-year old is said to be a box to box central midfielder that is adapt at playing further forward in a more attacking role. However, with Samuel Saiz currently starring in the role, it's likely Ideguchi will feature alongside the likes of Phillips and Vieira.
A rumoured fee in total of £700,000 is said to have been agreed, a minimum fee release clause inserted within Ideguchi's contract.
The only issue remaining for the Whites is whether or not the midfielder will be allowed a work permit to play in the English leagues.
Ideguchi has only featured in three of Japan’s fixtures and with the nation ranking lower than FIFAs top 50 countries will mean that the club will not be granted a work permit. The ruling states that he would have had to play 75% of Japan’s fixtures over the past two years.
It’s likely that he will be loaned out in January with a view to him joining the Whites for the 2918/19 season, wherever Leeds will be playing.
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By Ryan Ingham