By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are ready to offer the promise of a long-term contract to centre-forward target Facundo Colidio in a bid to beat Newcastle United to his signature, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League club are currently in pole position to land the Inter Milan striker before the transfer window shuts on Thursday after holding talks last week.
As reported by Football Insider, Leeds have also begun preliminary discussions with the Serie A giants over a loan-to-buy deal for the Argentina Under-20 international.
Inter have made it clear they are only willing to loan out Colidio if a deal is agreed that obliges the buyer to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are keen on signing Colido but know they have work to do to convince him to sign, especially as Newcastle have greater resources as well as Premier League status.
One thing in the Championship club’s favour is they can offer a clearer pathway to first-team football, with Newcastle likely to hand him a place in their Under-23s set-up instead.
Colidio has emerged on United’s radar they put the finishing touches to the sale of Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht, which will leave them with Patrick Bamford, who scored in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Bristol City, as their only senior striker.
Leeds’ three senior capture this summer have all been on loan, although Helder Costa joined from Wolves in a deal that will become permanent next summer.
Colidio has yet to play for the Inter first team since moving from Boca Juniors to San Siro in the summer of 2017, but has an impressive scoring record at age-group level for club and country.
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