By Harry Sykes
Leeds United have signed striker Oliver Sarkic on a half-season loan from Benfica – and fans have taken to Twitter to welcome him to the club.
The Yorkshire giants revealed on their official website and social media channels this weekend that Sarkic, 20, will link up with the club on a deal until the end of December.
In what is a shock move, given that the transfer window closed on 31 August, the Montenegro youth international has immediately joined up with Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side as he becomes the latest in a long line of additions to the club.
Supporters have witnessed a massive overhaul of both the senior and Under-23s squads this summer following the sole takeover of Andrea Radrizzani.
Sarkic is the latest rising star to join the Leeds academy after it emerged that three players have just joined from two of the world’s biggest clubs.
Fans had their say on the latest new arrival on social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Good player good luck to both
Good luck lad hope it goes well MOT.
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) September 8, 2017
@CollyGreg this the lad you were on about??
— Steve Ascough (@steveascough) September 8, 2017
Good luck mate wear that shirt with pride MOT
— Andrew Cliffe (@AndrewCliffe5) September 10, 2017
Welcome to Elland Road. Hope it’s a good experience for you.
— alan miller25 (@AlanMiller25) September 9, 2017
Welcome to Leeds United lad,MOT.#SMASHIT!
— Sean Armitage (@001SeanLUFC) September 8, 2017
Woah! Missed this one. Good luck fella! ????
— Rob Smith (@JuceeRob) September 8, 2017
The forward, 20, underwent a trial at Premier League outfit Swansea earlier this summer and was selected for two matches on their Under-23s tour of Northern Ireland.
But a deal collapsed and Leeds have taken advantage of Sarkic’s desire to move back to England.
The youngster, who was born in England but is a Montenegro Under-21 international, began his career with Anderlecht before joining Benfica in 2014.
He is a regular for the Portugese giants’ reserves side and has yet to make a senior appearance, although he scored three goals in six matches for the club in the UEFA Youth League at under-19 level, scoring three goals.
Benfica sent him on loan to fellow Portuguese club Fafe during the second half of last season and have now sanctioned a spell at Leeds.
In other Leeds United transfer news, a top-flight striker with an excellent goals record has revealed he wants to permanently move to Elland Road next year.