Leeds United: Whites sign youngster Sacko from Sporting Lisbon

New Leeds United signing Hadi Sacko
New Leeds United signing Hadi Sacko
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Leeds United have sealed the season-long loan signing of 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon prospect Hadi Sacko.

The French forward completed a temporary move to United this afternoon, becoming the club’s third recruit of the summer.

A successful approach to Sporting Lisbon from Elland Road saw Sacko link up with head coach Garry Monk and his squad when the group travelled to Ireland for the start of a pre-season training camp on Sunday.

Sacko worked with Monk’s players yesterday ahead of an official announcement by Leeds and his Portuguese club.

The French youth international, who started his career at Bordeaux, was signed by Sporting Lisbon for around £1m in 2014. Reports at the time said Sporting included a buy-out clause in his six-year contract, set at 60 million Euros, but United revealed today that he has come to Elland Road with a view to a permanent deal.

Sacko – a versatile forward who can operate up front, out wide or as an attacking midfielder – has been limited to appearances for Sporting’s B squad and he went on loan to Sochaux in France’s second division during the second half of last season but Leeds see clear potential in a player who was capped by France at Under-20 level.

United have tied up two other transfers so far this summer, landing Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson on a three-year deal from Kalmar and taking centre-back Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan from Swansea City.