Date: 16th January 2020 at 12:20pm
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Beren Cross of Leeds Live has provided an update on Manchester City’s Ian Poveda, who is expected at Thorp Arch today for talks with Victor Orta and to have a proper look round.

Will Poveda prove to be a good signing for Leeds?

Yes, he could add some quality

Yes, he could add some quality

No, not a position Leeds need to strengthen

No, not a position Leeds need to strengthen

Beren was asked: “What’s the news on Poveda and is he a genuine talent who could feature in the first team?”

He replied: “Poveda is expected to be at Thorp Arch tomorrow to have a proper look around and hold some more talks with Orta et al. Also understand, he or someone in his family, has already been in the city this week for talks. Club still feels confident he will sign despite late interest from Italy and Hoffenheim. He would be seen as a first-team player, yes.”

Poveda or a member of his family is also believed to have visited Leeds earlier in the week for talks, and the club are confident of signing him despite some late interest from Italy and Hoffenheim.

Why do Leeds want Poveda?

The 19-year-old winger has impressed for Manchester City’s Under-23s in both the Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League.

Overall, at reserve level, Poveda has scored 19 goals and provided 14 assists in 84 appearances for City’s various youth sides.

The London-born winger has also played once for Manchester City’s senior side and is seen as a great prospect by Orta.

Although he has only made one senior appearance, he is expected to go straight into the Whites’ first team and compete with Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, and Pablo Hernandez for the right and left-wing positions.

Poveda can play on either side and has even featured as a striker for City.

However, it is unlikely that he will be Leeds’ big striker signing.

The club intend to seal deals for both Poveda and Elia Caprile, and then they must get a striker in to support Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts.

It looks like a deal for Che Adams has stalled, so Leeds must now find another a forward.

Poveda could prove to be a useful option, but he is not the striker that many of their fans crave.