Victor Orta makes first Leeds United mistake with Yosuke Ideguchi deal in doubt

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 looked set to sign Japanese international Yosuke Ideguchi but he could now be heading to Belgium instead.

Yosuke Ideguchi (C) of Japan celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Japan and Australia at Saitama Stadium on August 31, 2017 in...

Since the news broke about a month ago that Leeds United were on the verge of snapping up Japanese international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, as reported by The Sun, the trail has gone a little cold.

There’s only so much you can do outside of the transfer window, of course, but Leeds’ failure to agree a deal ahead of January may just come back to bite them. Because Japanese outlet Sanspo is reporting that Belgian side Sint-Truiden are lining up a bid in an attempt to scupper Leeds’ much-anticipated move for the Gamba Osaka star.

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan controls the ball to score his side's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Japan and Australia at Saitama Stadium on August 31, 2017 in...

21-year-old Ideguchi is one of the most highly-rated talents in Asian football and enhanced his burgeoning reputation by scoring a stunning goal in the recent international break against Australia that secured Japan’s place at the 2018 World Cup.

Therefore, Ideguchi looked like another inspired bargain signing by Leeds’ esteemed director of football Victor Orta, for whom everything he touches seems to turn to gold at the moment. Yet, Orta may be at risk of being criticised for the first time as a deal that appeared to be in Leeds’ grasp is now under threat.

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan in action during the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Saudi Arabia and Japan at the King Abdullah Sports City on September 5, 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Japanese company DMM invested in Sint-Truiden in the summer and had planned to bring Japanese talent over to the Juplier League. As such, Ideguchi is believed to be a priority.

And if Ideguchi completes a move to Belgium rather than West Yorkshire, Leeds fans would be right to ask why the club had not been quicker to nail down the deal.

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