By Daniel Feliciano

18th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Leeds United line up bid for Diogo Monteiro for January transfer

Leeds United are lining up a January transfer bid for young defender Diogo Monteiro as part of their ‘anticipating talent’ programme, says Phil Hay.

The Whites have already completed the signings of Max Wober and Georginio Rutter this month for the first-team, but Monteiro has now emerged as a target for the academy side.

The 17-year-old is currently plying his trade in the Swiss top flight with Servette and a deal has been described as “very possible” by journalist Daniel Visentini (18 January).

“Leeds United are lining up a bid for emerging Portuguese centre-back Diogo Monteiro,” Hay wrote for The Athletic (18 January)

“The Elland Road club want to bring the promising centre-back to England before the end of this transfer window having identified him as part of their ‘anticipating talent’ recruitment programme.”

Stockpiling

Leeds have been excellent at finding young talent to come to England at a young age as part of their youth set up, and then work their way into the first-team.

Illan Meslier is an established regular after joining at a young age, and the likes of Crysencio Summervill and Willy Gnonto have established themselves too after moving to Elland Road as teenagers.

The club have also signed the likes of Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins for the future, and Monteiro would join that list of elite young talents at the club.

He wouldn’t be able to join until the final days of the window, as he turns 18 on January 28 and rules don’t allow English clubs to sign players under 18 from Europe.

But Leeds are set to make their move for the defender and it’s another sign that the future of the club is in great hands and that Victor Orta’s eye for talent is still strong.

In other Leeds news, a January transfer is “very possible” for this teenage sensation according to a report.