By Alex Stevens

Imminent new Leeds signing Dario Meadows will link up with the club’s development squad rather than the first team, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed on his website that the 18-year-old Roma midfielder has penned a loan agreement with Leeds that has the option to become a permanent transfer.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay corroborated the Meadows deal on his personal Twitter account and claimed the teenager will be added to Leeds’ youth set-up to further his development.

Teenager Meadows is originally from Pembury in Kent but moved with his family to Italy as a young boy.

He was then picked up by Roma and has flourished in Giallorossi’s youth set-up before he was capped by Italy at Under-16s level.

Meadows, who has both English and Italian passports, is set to switch nationalities and join the England set-up, where he is expected to be selected at Under-18s level.

Hay reports that he has played at both left-back and in midfield for the Roma youth team.

Leeds’ development squad is said to be short of players, with many of the Under-21s such as midweek hero Tyler Denton ready to be regular members of the first-team squad.

Meadows is set to become Leeds’ 11 major signing of what has been a summer of considerable upheaval.

Garry Monk has made 10 new players so far, bringing in Luke Ayling, Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez in addition to latest signings Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson last week.

Monk said on Thursday that he was hoping to make more additions to the squad and also revealed that he expected a number of fringe players to leave before the transfer window shuts next Wednesday.

In other Leeds transfer news, their fans react on Twitter to the stunning debut of Tyler Denton.