Leeds United have confirmed that a fee has been agreed to sign Gamba Osaka and Japan midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi.
The Yorkshire club announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Thursday morning that the 21-year-old will jet in for a scheduled medical within the coming days in order to put the finishing touches to sealing his switch to Elland Road.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 4, 2018
It has also been confirmed that Idehuchi is likely to be loaned out to Spanish side Cultural Leonesa should he pass his medical at Leeds.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account in December that Ideguchi will arrive at Elland Road for a six-figure fee worth £500,000, plus add-ons.
It was also understood at the time at the playmaker had been unable to get a work permit to play in the UK, which is why he will be loaned out until the end of the season.
Ideguchi is very highly-rated in Japan and already has 10 caps for the international side, helping them qualify for the World Cup in Russia this year.
Football Insider verdict
Ideguchi could work out to be a very good signing in the long-term. He still has plenty of years ahead of him and the marketing benefit of having a Japanese player is always something that can help grow the brand of the club. One look at Manchester United’s signing of Park Ji-Sung proves that signing a top player from East Asia is always worth it financially. Leeds fans will be hoping that Ideguchi turns out as well as Park did at Old Trafford. It’s a strange move to make a signing for next season, especially when things in the Championship appear to be very short-term at the moment. Wolves have splashed the cash and are instantly going up to the Premier League while Leeds still seem focused on building for the future.
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