Leeds United are set to secure the capture of 19-year-old centre back Aapo Halme on Wednesday from top flight Finnish side HJK Helsinki after terms were agreed and a medical completed, according to a report.
Finnish publication HS claim on their website that the Whites have agreed a £500,000 transfer fee for the youngster, who stands at a colossal 6’8″, and that personal terms have been agreed between the club and the player, with a four-year contract set to be signed.
They state that a medical took place on Tuesday and that the contract is set to be confirmed on Wednesday, in what will be a major moment for the club as they kick off their spending for the January window.
The two-cap Finnish under-21 international has a total of 36 appearances for Finnish champions Helsinki, having broken through the youth ranks at the club.
Football Insider verdict
While Halme’s capture may not set the world alight at Elland Road, it does signify their first foray into the transfer market, and may give fans a clue as to what to expect for the next month. The move for Halme has only been picked up by the media over the past week, although there was reported interest over the summer. This means that the Whites are trying to conduct their business under the radar, which could result in a surprise move or two if the right deal becomes available. As for the player himself, he is a raw talent with a lot to learn, but if he can use his physicality as well as hone his technical ability, he could be a very good signing for Leeds.
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