Date: 13th September 2017 at 4:00pm
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Yosuke Ideguchi has confirmed that he one day wants to play abroad, with speculation continuing to grow about Leeds United’s potential move for the midfielder.    

A report from TEAMtalk, quoting Ideguchi in the Japanese media, has revealed the 21-year-old’s desire to move away from Japan in the future.

Victor Orta, Leeds’ sporting director, revealed that Leeds were working on a surprise from Asia, with reports suggesting that they are pursuing a January deal for Ideguchi.

Ideguchi has now added further fuel to the fire, and has been quoted telling Hochi: “The desire to go abroad hasn’t changed, I think that the goal is there simply because I’m a footballer.”

The 21-year-old has excelled for Gamba Osaka in the J-League, and has played a major role for the club throughout 2017, making 29 appearances across all competitions.

Ideguchi has scored three goals from those appearances, and has added a further nine assists.

The central midfielder has represented the Japanese national team on four occasions, scoring one goal, which came against Australia last month.

Leeds are lining up a move for Ideguchi when the Japanese J-League finishes, which coincides with the opening of the January transfer window in England.

The Verdict  

Ideguchi appears keen on a move away from Japan, which adds more substance to the rumours linking the midfielder with a move to England to link up with Leeds in the Championship.

Leeds’ supporters know very little about Ideguchi, but with the midfielder already a full international at 21, there is an indication that he could be a shrewd piece of business for the Whites.

Thomas Christiansen’s side have started the 2017/18 campaign magnificently, and adding the necessary quality to the squad in January could be key in the race for promotion.

Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!