Date: 21st December 2017 at 8:16am
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Leeds United are on the brink of securing a January loan deal with Cultural Leonesa for the exit of midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, according to a report.

Spanish publication Diaro De Leon claim on their website that the second tier Spanish side are simply waiting to make the announcement of the Japanese international’s arrival official, the 21-year-old having already agreed to sign for Leeds permanently in a move from Gamba Osaka.

The 11-time-capped international midfielder has been unable to gain a work permit to play in England and so Leeds were always likely to ship him out to Europe on loan to pick up the necessary experience.

It is also reported that the Whites are in talks to sign free agent Alfredo Ortuno, 26, with the striker set to sign for Leeds before being immediately sent to Cultural on loan, which comes after the same publication reported that the deal was born as a result of the connection shared by the English and Spanish sides.

Football Insider verdict

Leeds knew that Ideguchi would have to be shipped out on loan in January but is a second tier Spanish side really the best move for his development? The official connection at board level seems to have had a real impact on this deal and there should be questions over whether they have the best interests of the Whites at heart. Ideguchi is a proven international for Japan and one of the top talents from the region, so surely there would be some top tier sides keen on his signing. As for the Ortuno deal, it does not benefit Leeds at all, and they need to focus on strengthening their own side before snapping up loanees for what is quickly becoming their sister club.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the future of one attacker is in doubt as Thomas Christiansen eyes up new recruits.

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