Leeds United sign Benfica forward on loan until the end of the year

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LEEDS United have added another youngster to their burgeoning under-23s set up with Montenegro under-21s forward Oliver Sarkic signing on loan from Benfica for the rest of the year.

Grimsby-born Sarkic turned professional at Benfica following a spell at Anderlecht and the 20-year-old has been a regular for the Portuguese club’s reserve side. Benfica sent the forward on loan to fellow Portuguese club AD Fafe during the second half of last season and allowed Sarkic to undergo a trial with Swansea City earlier in the summer.

Grimsby-born Benfica forward Oliver Sarkic has joined Leeds United until the end of the year.

Grimsby-born Benfica forward Oliver Sarkic has joined Leeds United until the end of the year.

Swansea opted against offering Sarkic a contract after the forward had played in two under-23s friendlies.

But Sarkic has gained the attention of Leeds who secured clearance to seal the loan move ahead of last week’s transfer deadline.

Sarkic joins the Whites on loan from Benfica until December 31 and the forward will immediately join up with Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side.

The new Whites recruit’s goalkeeper brother Matija is also a Montenegro Under-21 international who is on the books of Aston Villa and joined Wigan Athletic on loan in the recent transfer window.

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