By Harry Sykes
Leeds United are on the verge of signing Juventus centre-back Ouasim Buoy on loan, according to a report.
Dutch website De Stentor claim the Dutch 24-year-old is set to sign for the Championship giants.
It is said that Buoy will sign a new contract with Juventus and then immediately join United on loan for the 2017-18 season.
Former Holland Under-19 international Buoy has been under contract with the Italian champions since 2012 but has made just a single appearance for their senior side.
He has spent the past two seasons on loan in Holland with PEC Zwolle, making 42 appearances across all competitions.
Buoy has had loan spells in Germany, Greece and Italy with Brescia, Hamburg, Panathaniakos and Palermo.
He, began his career in midfield, predominantly as a defensive midfielder, but has subsequently switched to play at centre-back.
With Pontus Jansson serving a two-match suspension carried over from 2016-17, Leeds currently only have two centre-back options available for the start of the season, Liam Cooper and loanee Matthew Pennington.
They are in the market for a centre-back and a left-back as they make final preparations for their Championship opener against Bolton on Sunday.
Football Insider revealed earlier on Monday that the Yorkshire giants have ramped up their interest in Joe Bryan, regarded as one of the best left-backs in the Championship.
In other Leeds transfer news, a left-back has headed to Elland Road as he aims to secure a permanent transfer from top-flight club.