Have Leeds United paved way for Giovanni Troupee signing with Mateusz Klich agreement?

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

Eredivisie side FC Utrecht are keen to keep Matuesz Klich beyond the end of this season, giving Leeds United leverage in their Giovanni Troupee chase.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United shows his disappointment after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds, England.

With Luke Ayling (above) out for the rest of the season and Lewie Coyle on loan at Fleetwood Town, Leeds United’s options at right-back look a little stretched until the summer.

But according to De Telegraaf, the Whites are aiming to fill a gap in their squad with the short-term signing of Utrecht starlet Giovanni Troupee.

The 19-year-old right-back, a swashbuckling and attack-minded player, is also on the radar of a number of Serie A sides with Bologna, Sampdoria and Hellas Verona all interested. Leeds, then, have a challenge if they want to lure Troupee to the English second tier.

Leeds player Mateusz Klich in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

But have the Championship giants already greased the wheels for a potential deal? After all, it is just a matter of days since Leeds allowed out-of-favour midfielder Mateusz Klich to return to the Eredivisie via a six-month loan spell at Utrecht.

Although the former FC Twente play-maker may be plying his trade in Holland’s fourth largest city beyond this season, too, if Utrecht get their way.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United scratches his head during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

According to De Telegraph, Klich is part of Utrecht’s long term plans with the club seeing the Polish international as a potential replacement for the influential Yassin Ayoub, who will join Feyenoord in the summer, and Rico Strieder, who’s contract is due to expire.

A permanent deal, then, is definitely on the cards. And Leeds could use this to their advantage as they aim to tempt Utrecht to send Troupee to West Yorkshire for the rest of the season.

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