By Harry Sykes
Slovenian forward Mitja Krizan has agreed a loan transfer in his homeland just days after undergoing a trial with Leeds, it has been confirmed.
Giant striker Krizan, 19, played two matches for the Leeds Under-23s during a recent trial as the Championship club assessed whether to make a move for him.
The Slovenian played for the Yorkshire giants’ development team in a 4-3 friendly defeat to Sheffield United two weeks ago along with two other trialists and, six days later, was again in the starting XI in a 3-0 defeat to Irish side Shamrock Rovers.
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But Leeds has chosen not to sign Krizan, who has made a loan move from Slovenian top-flight club NK Celje to second-tier outfit NS Drava Ptuj.
The deal was confirmed last Thursday by website Football Database, which chronicles official transfers in European Union countries.
Krizan was able to agree a move outside of the main European transfer window, which has a 31 January cut-off, because the winter window in Slovenia remains open until mid-February.
Teenage attacker Krizan, who was born in Maribor and stands a towering 6ft 5in, joined NK Celje last summer after completing a transfer from fellow premier division outfit NK Aluminij and signing a three-year contract.
But Krizan has made little impact since his move, accumulating just 43 minutes of first-team action from five appearances, and has been allowed to leave on a loan deal that runs until the end of the season.
Leeds made two signings in the January window, landing wing duo Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow on deadline day on loans that run for the remainder of the season.