Leeds United are in talks to secure the permanent signing of striker Oliver Sarkic after his short-term loan spell from Portuguese giants Benfica, according to a reliable journalist.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Whites have opened negotiations to keep the 20-year-old forward at Elland Road, having netted in the club’s under-23 win over Hull City on Thursday.
Goal for forward Oliver Sarkic today. He’s been on a half-season loan from Benfica. Leeds now working to do a permanent deal:https://t.co/Ocbq3oZBxD
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 11, 2018
Sarkic arrived at the club at the beginning of September and was set to return back to Benfica at the end of December, although it appears his stay with the Whites has been extended.
The versatile attacker, who can play as a centre forward, a secondary striker or on the left wing, was said to have undergone a trial with Premier League side Swansea City prior to his move to Elland Road, but has not made a senior appearance for either his parent club or Leeds.
Football Insider verdict
While fans might be in the dark over what Sarkic can offer the club, those monitoring his progress have obviously been impressed with what they have seen. At 20-years-old he is not a prodigal talent but still has a lot of time to grow and develop into a striker worthy of seeing first team action. With the way this season has gone for Thomas Christiansen’s side, the manager knows he needs added firepower to fire them to a play off spot, but Sarkic will not be the man to offer them that. His signing will be based on his potential, rather than his current ability, so fans should keep an eye out down the line.
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