Report details Leeds masterplan to open floodgates to Far East
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United intend to use their Asian recruitment chief Toshiya Fujita to open the floodgates to the Far East, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship giants want former Japan international Fujita to find undiscovered gems in Asia.
It is said that Leeds want Gamba Osaka midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, a midfielder they are trying to sign in January, to be the first of many new arrivals from the Far East.
The Yorkshire Evening Post explain how Fujita, who was appointed this summer as United’s new Head of Football Development for Asia is a key component of the club’s new global outlook on signing players.
Leeds overhauled their recruitment set-up after Andrea Radrizzani took sole control of the club at the end of May and appointed Victor Orta as the new director of football.
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Orta has recruited player experts in key global markets to give United an edge in finding outstanding talent of the future.
The task of Fujita, who has joined Leeds after three years at Dutch club VVV-Venlo, will be to find the young players worth signing for Leeds.
Intriguingly, VVV-Venlo gave breaks to Maya Yoshida and Keisuke Honda, with Leeds looking to land similarly impressive Asian talents.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the Yorkshire giants and Newcastle United have made rival bids to sign a defender and he has now agreed a deal.