Yosuke Ideguchi has responded to questions about a January move to Leeds United.
The Gamba Osaka midfielder was linked with a move to the ambitious Yorkshire outfit earlier this week, with reports in the Japanese press suggesting a deal had been agreed to take him to Elland Road in January.
Refusing to discuss Leeds’ interest in him directly, the Japan international midfielder said: “The desire to go abroad hasn’t changed, I think that the goal is there simply because I’m a footballer.”
The Whites, who moved top of the Championship on Tuesday night following their 2-0 win over Birmingham, might face a battle to obtain a work permit for the player, though his recent inclusion in Japan’s squad woud make that considerably easier.
The J-League season ends in December making a potential move to Leeds a seemless transition for the player and Gamba Osaka’s chairman Takashi Yamauchi is fully expecting the Yorkshiremen to make a bid, telling Nikkan Sports: “The offer is definitely coming.”