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Leeds sign teenage Finnish defender Aapo Halme from HJK Helsinki

13th January 2018, 15:01

Leeds have announced the signing of Finnish teenager Aapo Halme from HJK Helsinki for an undisclosed fee.

Halme, 19, a 6ft 4in defender, has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Elland Road.

"Leeds United are pleased to confirm the transfer of 19-year-old Aapo Halme from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee," read a statement on the club's official website.

"Halme will join up with (Leeds coach) Carlos Corberan's under-23 side with the view to stepping up to the first team in the coming months."

The Finland Under-19s international featured regularly for HJK Helsinki as they won their domestic league title in 2017.

He is Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen's first official signing in the current transfer window, although it was reported last month that the club are set to sign Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi from Gamba Osaka.

Ideguchi is understood to be set to join Leeds for around B£500,000, but will be sent out on loan in Europe as he will not yet be eligible for a work permit.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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