By Mark Smith

20th Nov, 2021 | 7:10am

Mateo Joseph returns home, waiting for green light to complete Leeds transfer

Espanyol forward Mateo Joseph has returned home ahead of completing his transfer to Leeds United in January.

La Grada has reported on their website that the young attacking sensation is awaiting the green light to seal the deal and jet into Yorkshire.

Both clubs are said to have agreed a fee with personal terms so to have been sorted months ago between club and player.

Joseph has returned to his home in Santander from Espanyol, which is actually more than a six-hour car journey.

Of course, he likely flew there and will now be awaiting official confirmation from all parties before jetting into Leeds.

The Whites have been negotiating this one since the summer, and it finally looks to be getting close to completion.

Get it done.

With the deal agreed with both player and the club, it looks as though there isn’t much more to get sorted before this is official.

Obviously, it won’t happen until January, but getting Joseph across to England and settled in West Yorkshire before then could be crucial.

Given he has left Espanyol to return to Santander, there is clearly no place for him even in training at the Spanish club, so why delay anything?

Leeds can give the green light for him to jet into the country and get him familiar with his surroundings.

Should that happen, there is no reason as to why he can’t hit the ground running in the final third for the under-23s.

Getting fitness up to the standard of Marcelo Bielsa is also an issue, but Joseph appears to have been given the comfort blanket of six weeks to prepare before January – get it done.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action