Leeds United have confirmed the signing of striker Oliver Sarkic on a permanent deal from Benfica.
The Yorkshire giants announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Thursday that Sarkic, 20, has arrived at Elland Road for an undisclosed fee and the paperwork was finalised on a two and a half year deal which has the option to be extended by a further 12 months.
✍️ | Leeds United are pleased to confirm the signing of Oliver Sarkic from Portuguese side Benfica
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 11, 2018
Sarkic arrived at Leeds on loan from Benfica in the summer, and although he has not made a single appearance in the senior squad, the Montenegro youth international has clearly impressed enough in the Under-23s to warrant a permanent switch.
He celebrated his new deal by netting a penalty in the development side’s 4-3 win over Hull on Thursday.
Sarkic is the latest in a blitz of arrivals at Leeds this week.
Yosuke Ideguchi made his move from Gamba Osaka official before moving to Cultural Leonesa on loan, while it has also been confirmed that left-back Laurens De Bock and goalkeeper Kamil Miazek has also been snapped up.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds fans must be both excited and frustrated by the way Victor Orta has gone about transfer business at Elland Road. The Under-23s side seems to be getting strengthened more than the first-team as of late and while the young, European talent is a good thing to be added to the set-up, it also takes money and focus away from Thomas Christiansen’s senior squad. Leeds are the closest they have been to launching themselves back into the Premier League in a long time. However the Whites seem intend on taking their time and instead looking at the future, rather than the present.
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