Barnsley snap up Leeds United youngster on three-year deal

Barnsley have made Leeds youngster Aapo Halme their seventh summer signing.

Thursday, 4th July 2019, 2:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th July 2019, 10:15 pm
Aapo Halme (centre)

The 21-year-old Finnish defender has joined on a three-year deal with the option of a four, with the Reds paying an undisclosed fee.

The centre-half made four appearances for Leeds in the Championship last season and will compete to be part of a new-look defence for Barnsley following the sales of Liam Lindsay and Ethan Pinnock.

Halme has been impressed with Barnsley's style under Daniel Stendel and is looking to be a part of it.

He said: “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.

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“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.”

Co-chairman Paul Conway added: “I am really pleased that we have been able to add Aapo to the squad.

“He has showed great promise at the high level of the Championship at a young age, bringing key knowledge of the league to the squad after challenging for promotion last season.

“This is a core element of our overall strategy, again signing excellent young talent. “We are all excited to see Aapo ‎at Oakwell this season, where he can continue to perform at a high level.”