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Leeds sign young defender Aapo Halme

The 19-year-old Finland centre-back joins from HJK Helsinki

UEFA EURO 2017 elite group 1'Netherlands U19 v Finland U19'

As had been widely rumoured, Leeds United have completed the signing of Finland youth international Aapo Halme from HJK Helsinki.

The 6’4”, 19-year-old centre-back signs a contract until the end of the 2021/22 season and will initially join up with Carlos Cobreran’s u23 side, although the club have specified it is “with the view to stepping up to the first team in the coming months”.

It would therefore be very unlikely that he sees the pitch against Newport County in the FA Cup, and this may be because the Finnish Veikkausliiga is a summer league so Halme will not have played much football since the end of October.

The club have announced the transfer as an “undisclosed fee”, however reports in Finland from the publications that first discussed the transfer put the fee at EUR560,000 (around £500k).

Last season he made 13 appearances, 10 from the start, for HJK Helsinki side as they won the Veikkausliiga by 20 points with a +62 goal difference. There is no doubt the move to the English Championship is a step up in quality and pressure but hopefully we will see him step up the level required.