Could Leeds United's Asian talent search lead them to Han Kwang-song?

Kwan Song Han of Cagliari  scores his goal 2-3   during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and FC Torino at Stadio Sant'Elia on April 9, 2017 in Cagliari, Italy.

Leeds United are close to signing 'a big surprise from Asia', according to their sporting director.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.Leeds United's Elland Road ground

Leeds United are close to making a surprise signing from Asia, according to their sporting director Victor Orta.

The Spaniard told an online Q & A session: “We are watching players around the world. We have eight countries as priorities but we have a special group of scouts who watch the leagues a little bit lower. We are close to signing a big surprise from Asia.

“We are watching a lot of players in the secondary leagues because you can bring in good talent from them.”

Though Orta's comments imply the new arrival is coming direct from the world's most populous continent - especially after Leeds employed Toshiya Fujita, the former Japan player, to scout the region - they are slightly ambiguous.

Kwang Song Han of Cagliari look on   during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and AC ChievoVerona at Stadio Sant'Elia on April 15, 2017 in Cagliari, Italy.Kwang Song Han of Cagliari looks on

It could be the case their mystery target is in fact based a little closer to home. And given the Whites' ongoing links to Italian football, it would perhaps come as little surprise if the Asian striker currently taking Serie B by storm has emerged on their radar.

Han Kwang-song has scored four goals in three league and cup outings for Perugia this season, having signed on loan from Massimo Cellino's old club, Cagliari.

According to the Sun, the North Korean's form is already said to be attracting interest from Arsenal, Everton and Juventus. However, Leeds' current project is attractive in its own right, and any interest from Elland Road is sure to be seriously considered.

Kwang Song Han of Cagliari celebrates his goal 2-3 during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and FC Torino at Stadio Sant'Elia on April 9, 2017 in Cagliari, Italy.Kwang Song Han of Cagliari celebrates (second right)

Still only 18, Han - who scored his only Serie A goal to date against Joe Hart's Torino in April - certainly has time on his side, and he may find that it's better served in Leeds.

If they haven't already, should Leeds take a look at Han?

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