By Dominic Toner
Leeds have completed the signing of Alfonso Pedraza from Villarreal, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The Whites confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 20-year-old has moved to the club on loan.
The attacker has moved on loan until the end of the season to the Yorkshire club, with an option in place to sign permanently in the summer.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 31, 2017
Pedraza spent the first of the season on loan at Spanish club Ludo, scoring six goals and supplying eight assists in 22 appearances.
He has now been recruited to bolster the Leeds squad and try help them maintain their promotion push.
Spanish publication AS have claimed that Villarreal have opted to pay £300,000 to end Pedraza’s loan at Spanish second-tier club Lugo so he can move to England.
The report detailed that there is an agreement in place for Leeds to take Pedraza on loan with an option to buy him permanently for £8.5million if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
This deal could turn out to be a great piece of business if Pedraza can adapt to English football. He has a strong record during his time in Spain and there is no reason he can repeat those stats at Elland Road. The Whites needed to strengthen their attacking options and lessen the burden on Chris Wood, who has already scored 20 goals this season. Pedraza is an exciting option now for Garry Monk to use and he can fit in either behind Wood, or in the wide positions. The Leeds team are full of confidence and are on track for a play-off position, but Monk has done the right thing by keeping competitions for places strong in the squad.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have turned their attention to a sparkling lower league player.