Done deal: Defender signs after Leeds agree terms
By Will Butcher
Leeds have completed their eighth summer signing after defender Luke Ayling agreed a three-year deal, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The versatile Bristol City defender has signed for a fee believed to be around £750,000, ending Leeds’ summer-long search for a right-back.
Leeds confirmed via their official Twitter account that Ayling had become a Leeds player, following an impressive two-year spell at Ashton Gate.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 11, 2016
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay confirmed on Wednesday that the former Plymouth man was close to signing, as manager Garry Monk looks to steady the ship after conceding five goals in their opening two games.
Ayling was in the same Arsenal youth team as fellow new defensive signing Kyle Bartley that won the domestic double in 2008-09, lifting the Premier Academy League trophy and FA Youth Cup.
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Ayling was in the final year of his contract with the Robins, and Bristol City manager Lee Johnson seemed willing to allow the defender to leave with no contract talks on the horizon.
The defender was integral to Bristol City’s Championship survival last year, making 36 appearances at both centre-back and right-back and had interested Celtic according to the Bristol Post.
Former Swansea boss Monk has been very busy in the transfer market so far, confirming seven other new recruits. Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson have all signed on with the Championship giants.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites could be the subject of a new takeover deal.