By Daniel Feliciano

24th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

'High likelihood' that Leeds United sign Diogo Monteiro in January - Phil Hay

There is a “high likelihood” that Leeds will complete the signing of young defender Diogo Monteiro in the January transfer window, says Phil Hay.

The 17-year-old has been linked with a move from Servette to Elland Road this month as part of the club’s “anticipating talent recruitment programme”.

While Leeds can’t officially begin talks to sign him until his 18th birthday later this month due to Brexit rules, The Athletic journalist shared on the Phil Hay Show (23 January) that he expects Leeds to make their interest formal and wrap a deal up this month.

“There hasn’t been much progress on that [midfield] front in the last week or so,” he said. “There hasn’t been any kind of movement.

“What does look likely is a move for Diogo Monteiro, the Portuguese defender from Servette in Switzerland.

“He turns 18 shortly which will allow Leeds to make an offer formal and to get that one done, and I think there is a high likelihood that he will come in before the end of the window.”

Lovely

There was little doubt that this one could get done before the window shuts, despite the small window of time after him turning 18 to do so.

Leeds will no doubt have held conversations with those around him to find out if he is interested in a move and will know the terms needed to get a deal done, which they’re obviously fine with if they’ve chosen to pursue it.

The chase for a midfielder seems unlikely to happen now with no progress being made and the club running out of time but that shouldn’t be a surprise either.

Marsch made it clear when Mateusz Klich was allowed to leave that he didn’t feel the club needed another midfielder with so many options already available.

While Azzedine Ounahi would have been a perfect bonus addition this month to help move away from relegation, it seems unlikely now and the club should probably forget about it just like they did with Cody Gakpo too.

In other Leeds news, one player’s preference has been shared for a January loan exit after a club dropped out of the race for his signature.