Benfica youngster set to join Leeds United's Under-23s

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Leeds United are poised to make another foreign addition to their development squad by signing Oliver Sarkic on a half-season loan from Benfica.

Sarkic, a 20-year-old forward, is set to link up with Leeds on a deal until the end of December, the latest in a long line of additions to United’s Under-23s.

The Elland Road club secured clearance for the move ahead of the August transfer deadline and are expected to confirm the signing of Sarkic before the end of this week.

England-born Sarkic turned professional at Benfica following a spell at Anderlecht and has been a regular for the Portuguese club’s reserve side.

Benfica sent him on loan to fellow Portuguese club Fafe during the second half of last season and allowed him to undergo a trial with Swansea City earlier in the summer.

Sarkic played in two Under-23 friendlies but Swansea opted against offering him a contract.

The striker, whose goalkeeper brother Matija is on the books of Aston Villa and joined Wigan Athletic on loan in the recent transfer window, is a Montenegro Under-21 international. His switch to Leeds follows a series of European signings made by the club’s academy.

Speaking on Monday, United sporting director Victor Orta said: “We tried this summer to bring in talent from across Europe. For us it’s really important to try to get the best talent in your side.

“We’re working to bring in the best talent from Yorkshire, the best talent from England and we have the chance to bring in talent from across Europe. It’s important to have this in professional football.”

The club appointed Spaniard and former Villarreal assistant Carlos Corberan as their new Under-23s coach in July. Corberan's side have opened their league campaign with two defeats and a draw.