The Yorkshire Evening Post reported this week that Leeds want a young defender playing in Portugal – and now, Swiss outlet TDG claim it is actually a Portuguese defender playing in Switzerland, in the form of Servette’s Diogo Monteiro.

The report says that the unnamed defender ‘plied his trade’ in Portugal. But now, Swiss site TDG state that Leeds are keen on 17-year-old Monteiro. A player that is likely to join the U21 side – with a view to breaking into the senior side.

TDG‘s report is behind a paywall, but the journalist – Daniel Visentini – shared the story on Twitter. He says the article includes news regarding a “very possible transfer” to Leeds, for Monteiro. Surely, he is the player YEP reported about.

The only issue with Leeds signing Monteiro, is that the Portugal Under-19 star is still only 17. Premier League clubs can no longer sign players under 18, from foreign clubs. But a move is still possible this month. He turns 18 on January 28.

Leeds want Servette defender Monteiro amid young Portuguese reports

Monteiro is certainly a talent. Already, at 17, he has broken into Servette’s senior side – playing seven times. He has clocked up 36 caps for Portugal’s youth teams, including three U19 caps. But his deal expires at the end of the season.

Despite representing Portugal, though, Monteiro is Swiss-born – born in Geneva in just 2005. Leeds do have a number of central defenders at U21 level. The likes of Kris Moore, Leo Hjelde, Charlie Cresswell and plenty more at that level.

But Monteiro looks like a real talent. He even helped Servette keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Young Boys in November. Whether Leeds can get a deal done this month remains to be seen. But surely, he is the unnamed defender.

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