EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Defender Aapo Halme is set to undergo a Barnsley medical as he closes in on a transfer from Leeds United, Football Insider understands.
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.
They subsequently opened talks over a double deal and now a Leeds source has told Football Insider that Halme’s potential move has progressed to the point where he has been granted permission to finalise a move to Barnsley.
The giant defender, who stands at 6ft 4in, has been offered a contract by Barnsley and he is now on the verge of finalising a move.
Football Insider’s revelation last week came as something of a surprise to Leeds fans as Hale joined in January of last year from HJK Helsinki on a four-and-a-half year contract.
The Finland Under-21 international has made five Leeds senior appearances to date, with all of them coming following Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival last summer.
But the signing of Ben White on a season-long loan from Brighton has been the trigger for Leeds boss Bielsa to sanction the exit of Halme.