Leeds United: Whites close in on Adryan and Montenegro

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Leeds United are closing in on deals to sign Brazilian midfielder Adryan and Paraguayan forward Brian Montenegro.

Adryan and his agent are set to arrive in England in the next 24 hours ahead of a loan move from Flamengo and Montenegro is also headed for Leeds after talks between United and his club Nacional.

Leeds have been chasing Adryan for several weeks and have reached a deal which will see Flamengo cancel his existing loan at Cagliari and send him to Elland Road.

The 20-year-old’s deal in Sardinia was due to run for 18 months but United owner Massimo Cellino has negotiated his release from Cagliari and is poised to take Adryan on a temporary basis until the end of this season.

The deal with Flamengo also includes a clause allowing Leeds to sign the Brazil Under-20 international - a player Cellino describes as a “natural number 10” - for a fee of around £3m next summer.

Montenegro is also expected to join United on loan with a view to a permanent move.

The 21-year-old, who can play as a striker or a winger, is known in England for a short and unsuccessful spell at West Ham United during the 2011-12 season.

He played for Libertad in Paraguay last season and joined Nacional - one of the country’s top-flight clubs - only last month. He is due to come to England today.

The completion of both deals would take United’s tally of summer signings to 14.