Leeds United: Paraguay forward is next in line for Whites

WELL PLAYED: Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn applauds Leeds United debutant Casper Sloth as he is substituted during Saturday's 1-0 win against Bolton at Elland Road. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
WELL PLAYED: Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn applauds Leeds United debutant Casper Sloth as he is substituted during Saturday's 1-0 win against Bolton at Elland Road. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Leeds United are set to confirm the signing of Paraguayan forward Brian Montenegro today after finalising deals for Adryan and Dario Del Fabro.

United should unveil Montenegro as their 15th recruit of a busy summer before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline with the arrival of Adryan and Del Fabro now confirmed.

Brazilian midfielder Adryan joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Flamengo on Saturday, sealing his move shortly after the club’s 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

Cagliari defender Del Fabro finalised his own loan switch yesterday, signing for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign with a few to a permanent deal.

Montenegro’s loan from Nacional – a top-flight club in Paraguay – was negotiated by United towards the end of last week.

The former West Ham United player, 21, arrived in England yesterday and is expected to put pen-to-paper before the FIFA transfer window closes this evening.

He will also join Leeds for the whole of the current Championship term.

Del Fabro, 19, is an Italian Under-19 international who joined Cagliari in 2012 and recently completed a loan move to Serie B side Pescara.

Despite that transfer, Cagliari agreed to recall him and send him to England in an agreement which replicated Adryan’s own move to Leeds.

Adryan signed for Cagliari on an 18-month loan in January but Cellino set his mind on securing a player he described as a “natural number 10” and persuaded the Sardinian club to release him early and allow Leeds and Flamengo to discuss a separate agreement.

The 20-year-old will spend the rest of this season at Elland Road and Leeds have the option to sign him for a fee of around £3m next summer.

United have also negotiated clauses which will allow them to take Montenegro and Del Fabro permanently at the end of the Championship term if both players impress.

The recruitment of Montenegro today would take the number of loanees at Leeds to five, the maximum allowed in a matchday squad under Football League rules.

Catania striker Souleymane Doukara and AC Milan midfielder Zan Benedicic were both signed on a temporary basis before the season began, making any further loan signings unlikely before tonight’s deadline.

Cellino, who bought Leeds in April, is in the final stages of a major overhaul of the club’s squad and has been looking for a new head coach since Thursday after ending the short and difficult tenure of David Hockaday.

Leeds’ academy manager Neil Redfearn took charge of Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers as caretaker, guiding Leeds to a 1-0 victory and their second win of the Championship term.

Asked if Hockaday’s replacement would be inheriting a squad capable of coping in the division, Redfearn said: “I think so.

“The overseas players gelled really well with the British players (against Bolton) and the young players played a real part too. There was cohesion about the side.”

The continuous influx of players is likely to prompt a number of departures from Elland Road in the final hours of the transfer window.

Noel Hunt, David Norris and Dominic Poleon – none of whom were included in the win over Bolton – are among the players who Leeds are ready to consider approaches for with their first-team involvement likely to be limited.

The only goal in Saturday’s victory came from left-back Stephen Warnock, who struck on 18 minutes but was forced to leave the field with an ankle injury in the second half.

Warnock insisted he would be fit for United’s next game at Birmingham City on September 13, saying: “It’s not as bad as first feared so I should be okay.”

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