By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United expect Aapo Halme to finalise a permanent transfer to Barnsley this week, Football Insider understands.
The Finland Under-21 international has been given the green light to leave Elland Road after the club signed Ben White on loan from Brighton on Monday.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Halme, 21, has accepted a three-year contract offer from Barnsley and will head across Yorkshire to finalise the transfer.
Football Insider broke the news on Wednesday of last week that the newly-promoted Championship club had turned their attention to sign both Halme and his youthful United teammate Mallik Wilks.
The Halme deal has subsequently progressed to the point that, barring any late hitches, all parties involved expect it to be completed within the coming days.
It will bring to an end Halme’s time at Leeds just 18 months after he signed from HJK Helsinki in his homeland on a four-and-a-half year contract.
The 6ft 4in centre-back has made five Leeds senior appearances to date, with all of them coming following Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival last summer.
But the Argentine has given the green light for Halme to leave as he continues the overhaul of the team’s defence that began with the White signing.
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NOTE: Halme’s transfer to Barnsley was immediately announced after Football Insider published this article.