By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are set to loan out giant defender Aapo Halme next season as they close in on a replacement, Football Insider understands.
The Yorkshire giants are in the market for a new centre-back this summer and have made an exploratory move to sign Brighton and Hove Albion’s Ben White on loan.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are ready to green light the 2019-20 exit of Halme in order for him to accelerate his development with regular senior football.
Marcelo Bielsa believes the 6ft 4in Finland Under-21 international has the potential to establish himself at Leeds but believes he would benefit from a season at a Football League club.
United are keen to find a club for Halme in England rather than overseas, although it is more likely he will head to a League One outfit than one in the Championship.
Halme signed for Leeds on a four-year contract in January of last year after arriving from HJK Helsinki in his native Finland.
He has made five senior Whites appearances, all of which came last season under Bielsa, with the majority of his football played for the club’s successful Under-23s side.
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