DONE DEAL: Leeds United announce defender capture

Yesterday the Internet was awash with news from Finland that Leeds United had bought/were in the process of buying young Finnish defender Aapo Halme.

That uncertainty has now become certain with official announcement from Leeds United that HJK Helsinki’s rated young defender Halme has signed on at Elland Road.

Yesterday evening Finnish publication Helsingen Sanomat (HS) has added some extra gloss to that story by revealing three important details: the day of the signing, the price that Championship side Leeds will be paying for the rated youngster and the length of contract that will be signed.

HS say that Halme will officially sign for Leeds United on Wednesday, on a four-and-a-half year contract for a fee of €560,000/£500,000. They add that according to their sources, 19-year-old Halme “passed a medical examination in Leeds on Tuesday, and he signs a contract on Wednesday.”

What HS said proved to be ultimately true, with news of the transfer being announced by the Whites earlier.

The 1m 96cm/6ft 5in centre-back has signed from capital club HJK Helsinki and featured in one Europa League qualifier this season, playing the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 win against Welsh side Connah’s Quay. Last season he featured in 13 top-tier Veikkausliiga appearances for HJK, scoring once against JJK Jyvaskyla in a 5-1 HJK victory.

Leeds United’s website has just announced the signing of Halme “on a four year contract for an undisclosed fee.” They also say that the youngster will initially join the Under-23 side with “the view to stepping up to the first team in the coming months.”

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