Leeds United have reportedly agreed a £750,000 fee with Chesterfield for Liam Cooper.
The centre-back has been on Leeds’s wishlist since they allowed Tom Lees to depart to Sheffield Wednesday last month, but their initial attempts to sign him were unsuccessful after they balked at the Spireites' £1 million asking price.
However, the Whites launched another attempt to sign the 22-year-old off the League One club today and are believed to have had an offer of £750,000 accepted.
The transfer should now go through in the next few days, with Cooper due to undergo a medical at Leeds in the near future.
It seals the signing of one of Massimo Cellino’s six targeted players after he watched his Leeds side put in a dismal display on the opening day of the Championship campaign.
David Hockaday’s men slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Millwall, and it alerted the outspoken Italian owner for the need of more additions in what has already been a busy summer.
One of the main areas that the Whites needed to prioritise buying was a centre-back, and with Cooper it appears that they have landed one of their first-choice signings in this position.
The club’s interest in Cooper reportedly came about after he put in a stellar performance in the pre-season friendly between the two sides back in July.
The result of that game was a 2-2 draw but, despite conceding, the former Hull City defender clearly did enough to catch the eye of the Leeds hierarchy.
His arrival will be a bit of good news in what has been a worrying few days for the club. They have missed out on a lot of transfer targets of late, and the nature of the defeat in the opening game to the Lions has set alarm bells ringing that they could be on the verge of a disastrous campaign.
As such, a defender with experience of the English divisions will be of high importance, given most their other additions have been forced to adapt after playing in Italy in their careers so far.
Leeds take on Accrington Stanley tonight in the League Cup, but Cooper will not be signed in time to play.
He will be expected to have signed up by the weekend, though, and should be involved in their match against Middlesbrough, where they will be determined to get their first three league points in front of an expectant Elland Road crowd.