By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

15th Jan, 2020 | 5:52pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson thinks Leeds could be closing in on a 'really good signing'

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that if Leeds land Man City winger ian Poveda on a permanent deal, it would be a “really good signing”. 

With Leeds on the lookout for a winger and a striker in the January window, Poveda looks the most likely to be the first signing for Leeds.

The 19-year-old is heading to Elland Road on Thursday for more talks and Leeds will be hoping they can convince him to sign ahead of Italian sides Torino and Parma.

It had earlier been reported that Poveda had agreed personal terms with Leeds and Athletic journalist Phil Hay claims the deal should still go through with Poveda destined for the first team.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “If they can get Poveda on a permanent deal then it’ll be a really good signing for Leeds.

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“A loan signing of someone that age probably wouldn’t work to go into the squad now, but Leeds are obviously convinced about him.

“It’s not just now, though. In terms of longevity and looking to the future he will be a really good signing.”

Robinson is less convinced by another deal that Leeds look set to complete.

After Illan Meslier’s display on his debut against Arsenal, Leeds are also set to complete a deal for 18-year-old keeper Elia Caprile.

With Kiko Casilla facing a possible ban for racist abuse, that would leave Leeds with just Meslier as back-up.

His display convinced Leeds they didn’t need to sign an experienced keeper this January, but Robinson said, “It’s a huge gamble and a huge risk to take.

“Meslier played very well against Arsenal, but that’s his first chance and the first opportunity we got to truly see him.”

Meanwhile, Leeds’ search for a striker is still nowhere nearer getting sorted.

Che Adams is the number one target but Ralph Hasenhuttl is digging in and wants to keep the player.

With just over two weeks to go before the window closes, Leeds surely won’t spend too much more time on a deal that’s looking increasingly less likely to happen.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says attacker to arrive at Leeds tomorrow as club looks to seal first major Jan deal