By Alex Stevens
Leeds have agreed the signing of Pablo Hernandez on a loan-to-buy deal, the club announced on Monday night.
The Yorkshire giants revealed on their official website that the 31-year-old will join on an initial six-month loan from Qatari side Al-Arabi with a view to a permanent transfer in January.
Hernandez will officially be announced as a Leeds player on Tuesday morning when he links up with his new team-mates at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters.
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Intriguingly, Leeds claim the move was thrown in doubt at the eleventh hour by media reports.
“Intense media speculation put Pablo’s move in jeopardy but the Club is pleased to have reached an agreement and Pablo would like to thank the fans for their support,” Leeds said in a statement.
Hernandez is the seventh summer signing of manager Garry Monk, who has also added Rob Green, Hadi Sacko, Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley, Kemar Roofe and Matt Grimes.
Al-Arabi signed Hernandez from Swansea – a club where he played alongside Monk from 2012 to 2014 – but he spent most of last season in La Liga on loan at Rayo Vallecano.
Hernandez has spent most of his career playing as a winger but Monk views him as a natural No10 and he will be handed the playmaker role at Elland Road.
Hernandez spent two years in the Premier League after joining Swansea from Valencia for a then club-record fee of £5.5million.
He is expected to train with Leeds’ players for the first time on Tuesday and his addition to the squad has all but completed the work on the club’s forward line.
Leeds ended their pre-season preparations with a win over Serie A side Atalanta and will now gear all their focus towards their opening Championship encounter with QPR.
In other Leeds team news, a Tottenham attacker is high on the shortlist of the club.