Leeds United have been boosted in their efforts to sign Ola Aina, with the defender reportedly ‘destined’ to leave Torino in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Leeds tipped to sign Aina
The Whites have already been linked with a move for the 25-year-old in recent weeks, with Victor Orta on the lookout for options to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s squad – the manager was forced to bring on two debutants against West Ham on Sunday.
The former Chelsea youngster’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023, so Torino are running out of time to receive a fee for him.
Aina may have started 13 Serie A matches for the Italian side this season but it doesn’t appear as though he is considered a key player.
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Leeds are again named as one of them but other Premier League teams are believed to be in the mix too, as he potentially goes ‘towards’ a return to England.
The Verdict: Ideal addition this month
Aina may not necessarily be the glamour signing that some Whites supporters crave in January but he is a solid right-back who could provide strong competition for Luke Ayling.
He is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty for Nigeria, starting and winning their first two matches and averaging three tackles, three interceptions and two clearances in the competition so far – he was even Whoscored’s Man of the Match in their opener against Egypt.
That highlights what a competent defender Aina is, and with Ayling not getting any younger at 30, Leeds could even view the Torino man as his successor.
In other news, Leeds have been backed to signing an English midfielder this month. Find out who it is here.
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