By Wayne Veysey

6th Mar, 2017 | 9:02pm

Report: Top-flight ace clinches Leeds transfer, contract is already signed

By Alex Stevens

Leeds have signed defender Paudie O’Connor from League of Ireland club Limerick, according to a report.

The Irish Examiner claim the centre-back, 19, has agreed terms with the Championship giants and already penned the terms of a contract.

It is said that O’Connor has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Leeds that will tie him to the club until the summer of 2019.

The report comes after the teenager took to Twitter to say his goodbyes to Limerick and thank the club for his development since he joined in 2014.

“Would like to thank everybody at Limerich FC for the last 2 and a half years,” O’Connor wrote on his personal Twitter account.

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“Been an amazing time there and always loves representing the jersey and I’m very grateful to Martin and the club for the opportunity to play senior football.

“Also like to thank the fans for the support they’ve given me and the lads over the years it’s greatly appreciated.

“Wishing ye all the very best of luck for the season ahead.”

It is not known if Leeds intend to field O’Connor in their Under-23s development squad or integrate him into Garry Monk’s senior squad.

Limerick are one of 12 teams in the League of Ireland premier division along with the likes of Cork, Dundalk and Derry City.

Leeds are next in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Fulham aiming to secure a third consecutive Championship and maintain their impressive promotion challenge.

In other Leeds news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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