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9th Jan, 2017 | 12:10pm

Done deal: Leeds agree terms with international ace

By Will Butcher

Leeds have completed the signing of loanee Pablo Hernandez on a permanent deal from Qatari club Al-Arabi, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

Leeds confirmed that the 31-year-old has signed a six-month contract, which can be extended by a further year at the end of the initial deal.

The Yorkshire giants revealed the news on their official website, as the four-time Spain international becomes Leeds’ first signing of the January transfer window.

Former Swansea ace Hernandez has been one of Leeds most influential figures in their promotion chase this season, starring in the attacking midfield role under Garry Monk.

Wearing the number 19 shirt, Hernandez has had a hand in six goals during his 15 league appearances for Leeds this season, scoring three of those himself.

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Now, Hernandez could be set to feature for Leeds against League Two minnows Cambridge United on Monday night in the third round of the FA Cup before facing Derby on Friday.

Football Insider verdict:

Knowing Monk well from their time together at Welsh outfit Swansea, Hernandez has proved a pivotal figure for Leeds this season as he orchestrates their attacks behind top scorer Chris Wood. His ability to create something out of nothing for the former Champions League side has been crucial in their rise to fifth in the Championship table, as they look to return to the Premier League for the first time since their financial collapse in 2004. With Kemar Roofe’s form in the number 10 role being largely hit and miss, Hernandez’s signing will delight Leeds fans.

In other Leeds transfer news, this 26-year-old could be on his way to Elland Road after his manager confirmed he could leave.