Leeds agree deals with three players from two of best clubs in the world
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United have signed seven new players to the club’s under-23s this summer, including three from the world’s biggest clubs.
The official Leeds website has named the new arrivals, including centre-back Oriol Rey and striker Kun Temenuzhkov from Barcelona and forward Ousama Siddiki from Real Madrid.
The announcement comes after a dizzying summer revamp of the senior squad, with the 16 signings culminating in the deadline day arrivals of forward pair Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki.
Spaniard Rey, 19, has signed a two-year deal with Leeds and he has been joined from Barcelona by 17-year-old Bulgarian striker Temenuzhkov, who will remain with the club until at least 2020.
Moroccan forward Siddiki, 19, has joined Leeds from Real Madrid while fellow 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Alejandro Machuca has joined United from Rayo Vallecano on a deal which runs until 2020.
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Spanish striker Adrian Balboa, 19, who previously represented Catalonia-based amateur side Unif Bellvitge, has agreed a contract for the same period.
United’s Academy has also been bolstered by the arrivals of 18-year-old English right-back Bryce Hosannah who has left Crystal Palace, as well as 20-year-old Spanish centre-back Hugo Diaz, who has been recruited to the Whites from SD Huesca, the Spanish Segunda Division side from which Leeds signed new star Samuel Saiz.
United’s Academy has a rich history of providing future stars for Leeds United’s first team.
Ronaldo Vieira, Kavlin Phillips, Tyler Denton and Lewie Coyle have all made the step up from the youth-team set up, which is the same path followed as recent departees Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram.
In other Leeds United transfer news, fans have reacted to confirmation that the club have secured a last-gasp agreement with a colossus by insisting there will be “limbs all over the shop”.