Pictured: Leeds could unveil new debutant as player arrives at Elland Road for first time
By Tom Blackburn
New Leeds signing Luke Ayling has arrived at Elland Road ahead of his expected debut against Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
The versatile Bristol City defender signed on Thursday for a fee believed to be around £750,000, ending Leeds’ summer-long search for a right-back.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay tweeted a photo of Ayling arriving at the famous Yorkshire ground, as he posed with photos for fans.
New signing Luke Ayling here pic.twitter.com/8agpBZpkMu
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 13, 2016
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.
Both players are expected to start against Birmingham, while Bartley will be joined at the heart of defence by captain Liam Cooper after Sol Bamba struggled against QPR last weekend.
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Leeds were humbled by QPR in their first game of the new season, losing 3-0 at Loftus Road.
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, a Premier League player outlines his demands as the Yorkshire giants prepare a contract offer.