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Quite the find: Leeds chief excited by new attacking signing with reported £50m release clause

By Will Butcher

Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford has declared that he’s delighted with the on-loan signing of Sporting Lisbon winger, Hadi Sacko.

The versatile forward is known for his exceptional pace and deadly finishing, and has already found the back of the net during Leeds’ pre-season.

Sporting tied Sacko to a six-year contract, and reports at the time said the Portuguese side had included a £50m release clause in his deal.

In an interview with LUTV, cited by HITC, Mansford expressed his joy at manager Garry Monk’s new France Under-20 international.

“Sacko, I don’t want to tempt fate here, but he’s exciting,” he said to LUTV. “And what he is is just pace. Absolute pace.

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“When you look at the modern game you’ve got to be dynamic and that real ability to cover ground and he’s got the pace to do it. I think he could be quite the find.”

Chief Executive Mansford joined Leeds this summer after quitting Yorkshire rivals Barnsley to take the job at Elland Road.

The 22-year-old attacking player has been with Sporting Lisbon for two years following a £1million move from Bordeaux in 2014.

However, he is yet to establish himself in their senior side and spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan with second-tier French club Sochaux.

Nevertheless, Sacko, who plays predominantly on the right wing, is a player of pedigree and has won five France Under-20 caps.

Former Swansea boss Monk was desperate to add width to his side this summer, with just Jordan Botaka and Stuart Dallas previously being the only recognised wingers.

The 38-year-old has also signed five other players, with the latest being League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe, in a £3million deal from Oxford United.

In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has responded to these two players offered to him by the Whites’ chiefs.