Phil Hay says attacker to arrive at Leeds tomorrow as club looks to seal first major Jan deal
It seems that things are never straightforward when it comes to Leeds United and transfers.
It looked like Leeds were on the verge of signing winger Ian Poveda from Man City, after Football Insider reported that he had agreed personal terms.
However, it was since reported by Leeds Live that the attacker was still to decide who he was going to join, with Torino and Parma both trying to hijack the move.
The winger was in Italy with his dad over the weekend, and he attended a Torino match as the Italian club did their best to woo the 19-year-old.
We hadn’t heard much since but there was some good news from Athletic journalist Phil Hay on Tuesday.
He said that Poveda is due to arrive at Leeds on Thursday, to look around the club.
Like Football Insider had reported earlier, Hay said that Leeds thought he was “all set to go” before the interest in Italy surfaced.
However, it looks like Leeds are still front of the queue and Hay thinks that while it’s not 100%, the player should still sign for Leeds.
“They thought it was all lined up to go this week and it should still be, provided things go well when they meet,” Hay said. “But there is interest from Italy so you never say never.”
Leeds are trying to sign two first-team players this January and a deal for Poveda would just leave them looking for a striker.
Leeds want Che Adams but the situation is far from clear, with Hay claiming the player and Southampton are happy to let him leave for a £1m loan fee and a £10m obligation to buy in the summer.
He says that Leeds have agreed to pay the money but that Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to keep the player on the south coast.
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