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.
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.
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.
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