Deal close: Leeds set to sign attacker next week after triggering clause - report
By Derek Smithson
Leeds are set to complete the signing of attacker Hadi Sacko after a successful season-long loan at Elland Road, according to a report.
Record claim that the Whites will sign the 23-year-old permanently after deciding to trigger a £1.7million clause in his contract.
It is understood that Portuguese club Sporting agreed a purchase clause when the winger moved to the Championship club on loan last summer.
The report details that the deal will be closed by next week when legal proceedings are done and that Leeds have just decided to match the £1.7million clause, instead of trying to bargain a lower price.
Sacko spent a year with the Yorkshire club and just missed out on the play-off spot, but looks set to have another attempt next year.
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The right winger is blessed with phenomenal pace and trickery, which made him an important member under former manager Garry Monk.
The Frenchman made 42 appearances across all competitions for the club, scoring two goals and supplying four assists in return.
Football Insider verdict:
Sacko looks set to be given another chance in the Championship by Leeds and may need to improve his performances to stay in the starting line-up. The 23-year-old was inconsistent during his first year with the club and often frustrated fans with his lack of end product. However, he showed glimpses of his quality and a second season in England may bring the best out of him. He possesses genuine pace that frightens the opposition and has the potential to become influential if he is a little smarter in possession. £1.7million could turn out to be a good price for Sacko if he continues to develop and improves his statistics in front of goal.
In other Leeds transfer news, they have made an emphatic decision about signing Jonny Howson.