Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim Leeds are on ‘pole’ to sign Torino and Nigeria defender Ola Aina this month – despite already completing a deal to land Max Wober from RedBull Salzburg this week. Aina’s contract ends in June.

The 26-year-old defender has largely been first choice on the left of Torino’s defence this season, when fit. He has missed the last five Serie A games due to injury. He is likely to leave the club this month, or on a free in the summer.

Tuttosport reported in a previous piece, back in December, that the ex-Chelsea man is keen to return to the Premier League. Coming through at Chelsea and born in London, Aina was superb on loan at Fulham during the 20-21 term.

Now, the latest report states that Leeds are at the front of the queue in the race to sign Aina. Reports earlier this week suggested that Leeds are also keen on Alkmaar’s Milos Kerkez. So, Leeds could still be looking at a left-back.

Udinese Calcio v Torino FC - Serie A
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Leeds on pole to sign Torino and Nigeria defender Aina, maybe on a free

Junior Firpo’s future at Elland Road has come under question. Now firmly back-up to Pascal Struijk, the ex-Barca defender is not far off being labelled a flop following his move. Following Wober’s arrival, Firpo could leave the club.

He may want a move – but if he does so, Leeds do need to replace him. It would leave Leeds without a natural, first-team left-back. Wober is a centre-back first, but has been playing at left-back this season. So, Aina is a target.

It might be that Aina is a replacement if Firpo does decide to leave in the coming weeks. Nothing has surfaced regarding Firpo’s future – but a return to La Liga football, where he impressed with Barca and Betis, could happen.

Ola Aina of Torino Fc looks on before the friendly match...
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