Leeds agree terms with forward after move to PL club collapses
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United have signed striker Oliver Sarkic on a half-season loan from Benfica, it was announced on Friday.
The Yorkshire giants revealed on their official website and social media channels that Sarkic, 20, will link up with the club on a deal until the end of December.
It is said that Sarkic will immediately join up with Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side.
In an overhaul that has mirrored the massive revamp of Leeds’ senior squad, the Montenegro youth international will become the latest in a long line of additions to the club’s Under-23s.
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.
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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.
Sarkic has a twin brother, Matija, who has just joined Wigan Athletic on loan from Leeds’ Championship rivals Aston Villa.
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.
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.