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Club Confident Of Striking Deal With Leeds United For Japanese Ace: Shrewd Addition To The Squad?

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According to one of the latest reports by ESPN, Championship outfit Leeds United have put Gamba Osaka’s central midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi on their radar and are ready to trigger his release clause of £700,000 in the January transfer window.

To further substantiate the claim, it is perceived that Ideguchi is now desirous to go abroad and thus, the Whites should now be optimistic of chalking out a deal in order to make him sign on the dotted line and bring him to the Elland Road. Leeds United have chiselled a spectacular start to their league campaign, as they have secured 17 points from their first 7 outings and are placed at the topmost spot in the league table. Frankly speaking, they have appeared to be a fearsome side so far.

Thomas Christiansen acted in a shrewd manner during the summer transfer window in order to considerably beef up his arsenal and roped in some quality names like Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, Mateusz Klich and Pawel Cibicki. Even then, they are willing to not be complacent and thus, their move to sign Ideguchi would make complete sense. Christiansen has been perfectly using the pedestal created by Garry Monk last season and it appears as if his side would unarguably be a strong contender for promotion.

The Japanese surfaced through the youth ranks of Aburayama Kamariazu and Gamba Osaka, and was promoted to the senior side of the latter. He is currently on loan with J.League 22 and has been creating a lot of buzz owing to his calibre and potential.

He is now keen to cement his spot in the Japanese national side for the 2018 World Cup. The 21-year-old made the headlines when he smashed a spectacular goal for Japan against Australia during his country’s 2-0 win on August 31 and the reviews he is getting from the football fraternity are very positive.

Predominantly a central midfielder, Ideguchi is a player who unites the outfielders together with his astute passes and commendable vision. He is someone who knows to keep a perfect blend of his defensive and offensive endeavours and no wonder why his stocks are rising with every passing day.

Ideguchi, however, is unlikely to play this season for the Peacocks even if a move materializes, owing to the work permit. Thus, a loan deal might be pencilled with another European club which would enable him in brushing himself up and then challenge for a spot in the starting line-up in the near future.

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