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Leeds United linked with Finnish starlet Aapo Halme

Leeds have rivals for the signature of HJK Helsinki’s 19 year-old central defender

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Leeds United have been scouring all over the globe looking for young talent to bring to Elland Road. The team signed over a dozen new players in the summer transfer window for the first team, with players such as Samu Saiz, Gjanni Alioski, Vurnon Anita, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, and Mateusz Klich all joining the team and looking for starting spots in the match day XI right off the bat.

Adding to those signatures, Leeds have also pursued a number of young talents, with a variety of Spanish and Spain based players heading to the Academy, with players coming from youth systems at world football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The club has also made a partnership agreement with La Liga 2 side Cultural Leonesa in order to further their scouting efforts in Spain. Leeds also snatched up Jay-Roy Grot from NEC in the 2nd division in the Netherlands, and while the 19 year old hasn’t always looked like a finished product in matches, he’s got height, power, and pace and those are things that can’t be coached.

Reports out of Finland are now saying that Leeds is interested in young HJK Helsinki centre-back Aapo Halme. Halme has made 13 senior appearances for HJK this season, scoring his only goal of the season on his league debut, and has made 36 total appearances for the Helsinki club in the Finnish League. He even got a start in the home leg of the Europa League Qualifiers for HJK against Swedish club IFK Göteborg, but HJK lost 0-2 at home and didn’t advance any further in the competition. He transferred to HJK from Finland 3rd division side Klubi-04 Helsinki, and made 15 appearances for the lower league club.

Leeds fans will once again resort to Google and YouTube videos to find out information about the young player, but so far Victor Orta and his team of scouts hasn’t really had any missteps, and in the cases where the rumours about a player coming to Leeds has come from overseas, those reports are usually pretty credible. Remember, Paweł Cibicki rumours started in Sweden and so did the ones for Gjanni Alioski and Samu Saiz. Might want to find a Finnish restaurant or a Scandinavian market to make the new guy feel at home when he comes in January.