Leeds have today completed the deal for 19-year-old Finnish centre-back Aapo Halme on a four-and-a-half-year deal. The highly rated youngster has signed for a fee in the region of £500k after Leeds won the race for what is believed to be a very talented young player.
News broke early yesterday that Leeds were closing in on a deal for the Helsinki centre-back who has played 36 times for his hometown club and was part of the team that romped the Finnish league last season. He will initially join and link up with the under 23’s with the view to joining the first-team in the coming months. It will be hard for the youngster to break into the side with the likes of Matthew Pennington and Conor Shaughnessy already challenging Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson without much success but if he is as good is what we have heard then maybe that’s the plan.
I can’t really comment much on the lads ability or what sort of player he is because he’s from a league that gets next to no exposure. The fact that Leeds have paid £500k for him would suggest this is more than just a development signing but that will be the challenge for the player as he looks to make his mark in England. He has a long-term deal too which is another sign of how highly Leeds rate him, most of the development deals have been free transfers and two-year-deals so this is very different. I, like many of the fans are positive about these deals but am hoping this is as well as first-team players and not instead of.