Barnsley have completed the signing of young Leeds United defender Aapo Halme, the club has officially confirmed.
Recent reports did suggest that the Tykes were keen on a swoop for the Finnish defender, who made the breakthrough for Leeds last season and impressed when coming off the bench for the injured Liam Cooper in the 1-0 win at Bramall Lane over the winter.
Halme stands at 6ft4 and is understood to be rated highly by Bielsa, but will consider letting for a season where he could benefit from a year of regular football.
Upon joining the club, Aapo spoke with iFollow Barnsley, saying: “I think this is the style of football that I like to play, I’ve played my whole career like this, so I’m really looking forward to it. I’m really pleased.
“When I first heard I was really excited and I want to help the club to reach their goals, improve as a player and get used to first team football. I want to get some games under my belt and help the team as much as possible.”
The Finland Under-21 international was contracted to Leeds until summer 2023 after arriving from HJK Helsinki in his native country.
Given the arrival of another centre-half at Elland Road in Ben White of Brighton, Halme has been allowed to make the switch to South Yorkshire where he will no doubt have more first team opportunities.
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