Leeds agree January deal for top-flight playmaker, decision made on work permit - report
Leeds United have agreed a deal to sign Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi in January, according to a report.
Yahoo Japan claims that Leeds have reached an agreement to sign Ideguchi, 21, from Gamba Osaka, but he will not be allowed to play in England after failing to meet the requirements for a work permit.
It is understood that the Whites will decide to loan Ideguchi out to a European side in order for the midfield playmaker to earn first-team football after leaving the Japanese top-flight.
Leeds have been widely linked with Ideguchi ever since Andrea Radizzani jetted out to Japan earlier this season.
The nine-times Japan international made 39 appearances across all competitions in the season that has recently ended for Gamba Osaka, scoring five goals and supplying nine assists in the process.
The playmaker has previously admitted that he would be looking to quit Gamba Osaka in the near future, and it now seems that he is finally getting his wish.
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“The desire to go abroad has not changed. That goal is there because I am a football player,” he said to Sports Hochi.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds are wasting time and money by signing a player that might not even be able to play for them for a couple of years. Ideguchi has done well in Japan and has started to become a key part of the international side. He may well be on his way to Russia for the World Cup next summer, but he is still not what Leeds need right now. The deal seems like it may be something to create a fanbase in East Asia, much like Premier League sides have done over the years. However Leeds’ priority right now should be strengthening the first-team as much as possible and giving Thomas Christiansen the players he needs to get a play-off spot. Ideguchi won’t be able to contribute to that.
In other Leeds United news, Pawel Cibicki made an admission on Twitter after Saturday’s win against QPR.