Date: 11th September 2017 at 7:42am
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By Harry Sykes

Leeds United are working on a deal to sign Japan midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that United are “trying to sign” inventive midfielder Ideguchi, 21, in the January transfer window.

Hay explained that the Gamba Osaka player is the “big surprise from Asia” that director of football Victor Orta was referring to in a Facebook Q&A with supporters last week.

Ideguchi is a four-times Japan international who plays in central midfield and has made a big impression for Gamba Osaka since graduating from their youth ranks.

In 21 league appearances for the Japanese top-tier club in 2017, he has scored three goals and supplied six assists.

Leeds recruitment chief Orta revealed last Monday night that fans can expect a new player to imminently arrive.

United have already signed 16 new players during a dizzying overhaul of the playing squad this summer, including headline arrivals Samuel Saiz, Pierre-Michael Lasogga, Ezgjan Alioski and Vurnon Anita.

There has also been a major revamp of the Under-23s, with eight new players arriving from overseas, including three from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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.

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