By Mark Smith

11th Jan, 2020 | 2:00pm

MOT View: Leeds fans could be in for real treat as transfer target reveals Sterling mentorship

Leeds United could be closing in on the signing of Manchester City winger Ian Poveda, according to journalist Beren Cross.

The Leeds Live journalist claims that the 21-year-old is rated very highly by both Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta.

Poveda would act as a replacement for Jack Clarke and would go straight into the first-team squad at Elland Road.

Speaking back in December, Poveda revealed that he spends a lot of his time with Raheem Sterling in training – something Leeds fans will be hoping comes across on the pitch.

“Raheem’s like my big bro, I appreciate him a lot,” he told Manchester Evening News.

“I’m glad that Raz helps me out a lot, it helps me all the time. It’s tips on the pitch like positioning and runs and things to do. Off the pitch as well he gives me great advice because I’m a young player and there are certain things I haven’t experienced yet but he helps me a lot and I appreciate that.”

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Leeds fans will be left salivating over the potential that Poveda possesses. The fact that he has been joining in with the first-team squad in training proves that Pep Guardiola has been impressed.

Should the youngster be anything like Sterling, the Whites could be in for a treat if they can get a deal over the line in the next three weeks.

Both City players share great pace, and Guardiola has managed to add even more end product to Sterling’s game – scoring 40 goals in all competitions since the start of last season.

If Poveda can replicate that style and add goals for Leeds from out wide, the Whites could be in for a real treat in the second half of the season.

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