By Alex Stevens
Leeds have secured the signing of Pablo Hernandez – but intend to deploy him in a new position, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the 31-year-old has passed an Elland Road medical and will join the club on an initial six-month loan from Qatari side Al-Arabi that will be converted into a permanent transfer in January.
Al-Arabi signed Hernandez from Swansea – a club where he played alongside Leeds manager Garry 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 the report says that 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 Sunday and his addition to the squad has all but completed the work on the club’s forward line.
Hernandez is expected to be confirmed as the seventh summer signing of manager Garry Monk, who has completed the signings of Rob Green, Hadi Sacko, Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley, Kemar Roofe and Matt Grimes.
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.