Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Finnish defender Aapo Halme from HJK Helsinki for an undisclosed fee, according to
The Whites new centre-back has signed a four-year deal and will go straight into Carlos Corberan’s U23 set up with the aim of promoting the youngster into Thomas Christiansen’s first team, where he could potentially form a Scandinavian partnership in defence with Swede Pontus Jansson.
The news was announced on the official Leeds Twitter page on Wednesday afternoon and on the club’s official website.
✍️ | #LUFC are pleased to confirm the transfer of 19 year old Aapo Halme from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a four year contract
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 3, 2018
Halme, 19, has represented Finland at U19 level and was a regular member of the Helsinki side that won the Finnish domestic league.
The 6ft 4in defender previously played for FC Honka and Klubi-04 but moved to HJK in 2015.
With Jansson, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington already at Christiansen’s disposal, the youngster has a lot to prove if he going to break into the starting XI at Elland Road.
Leeds have an FA Cup trip away to Newport County at the weekend and with the manager preferring to concentrate on affairs in the league, it could be possible that the Whites’ new signing could feature in what could be a much-changed lineup.
Rumours of a potential transfer only emerged on Tuesday through MTV Sport but with the deal going through today, it would seem the club is keen to get transfers over the line as quickly as possible.
In other Leeds United transfer news, Adam Clayton could rejoin the club from Middlesbrough.
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