Leeds United appear to have reached an agreement for striker Oliver Sarkic to stay at Elland Road.
Sarkic signed for Leeds on deadline day in August on loan, but this agreement expired on December 31 according to the club website.
There was no word from Leeds or Benfica whether Sarkic would continue at Leeds or return to Portugal, until the Montenegro striker was named in the club's under-23 line-up earlier today.
And Sarkic made an instant impact in his first game of 2018, scoring the second goal in Leeds' 4-3 win over Hull.
Sarkic has been Leeds' most consistent forward at under-23 level during the first half of the season, scoring four goals in matches against Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City.
Talented forward Sarkic has done enough at under-23 level to suggest he even deserves consideration for the first team, but Leeds may have been sensible not to promote him earlier and increase his market value.
Upon his completion of a permanent deal Sarkic could overtake Jay-Roy Grot for opportunities in the Leeds first team.