Leeds United have reportedly agreed to sign Japanese playmaker Yosuke Ideguchi in January, and fans on Twitter don’t quite know what to think of it.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that Ideguchi, 21, will arrive at Elland Road for a six-figure fee worth £500,000, plus add-ons but will be instantly loaned out to a European club as he will fail to qualify for a work permit.
It is understood that Leeds see the nine-times Japan international as a signing for a next season and not this one, but have decided to get a deal done as soon as possible as the 2017 J-League campaign has not long ended.
Leeds fans on Twitter aren’t quite sure what to make of it though, with many believing that they have done well to secure the highly-rated playmaker.
However others believe that the money would have been better spent on improving other areas of the squad.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
On the cheap yet again
— boris (@Martinstrum1) December 11, 2017
£500k isn’t massive so probably good deal especially as it will extend our brand in Asia as well – so excellent deal
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) December 11, 2017
Another midfielder just what the squad is missing
— Ben Levene (@bennyboyyorks) December 11, 2017
Talent building good….BUT Rad also promised using Wood money and so we expect some signings for immediate impact too….pls remind him of this v public promise!
— AW (@AWwhite1) December 11, 2017
Sounds like we're beating the queue for this guy. Expected to impress at the World Cup.
— Jamie Smith (@WookieHoney) December 11, 2017
Good signing, not much of a gamble at 500K while spreading the Leeds United brand through Asia great business imo have trust in owners MOT.
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) December 11, 2017
This Ideguchi deal is great. We are signing him now so when he plays in the world cup his value could soar up as he is in the spotlight, and we would have had a steal of a deal if he performs well.
Good deal. #lufc
— 🙂 (@Max_LUFC) December 11, 2017
Ideguchi has a right shot on him from YouTube, scored some sick goals
— jake stevens (@jake_stevens99) December 11, 2017
Ideguchi made 39 appearances across all competitions for Gamba Osaka in the recently-ended Japanese season, scoring five goals and supplying nine assists in the process.
The playmaker has previously admitted that he would be looking move abroad in the near future, and it now seems that he is finally getting his wish.
“The desire to go abroad has not changed. That goal is there because I am a football player,” he said to Sports Hochi.
In other Leeds United news, Pawel Cibicki made an admission on Twitter after Saturday’s win against QPR.