By Matt Farr
Leeds United beat rivals Middlesbrough to the signature of midfielder Mateusz Klich, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Sport journalist Adam Pope claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Leeds had been battling with Middlesbrough in the race to sign the 27-year-old, who are managed by ex-United chief Garry Monk.
Sounds like #lufc beat off competition from other clubs including Middlesbrough to sign Klich. Fee believed to be around £1.5m
— Adam Pope (@apopey) June 23, 2017
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 23, 2017
The reported victory over their Championship rivals, but in particular over their former manager Monk, in the transfer market will hand Leeds the first opportunity to claim bragging rights ahead of the new season.
Monk had been a favourable figure at the club last season, but his decision to quit and join Middlesbrough has infuriated fans, who are looking for any opportunity to see him suffer.
Klich becomes Leeds United’s first signing of the summer, and the first piece of transfer business conducted by new manager Thomas Christiansen, who arrived at Elland Road last week.
The Yorkshire club confirmed that Klich had signed from Dutch outfit FC Twente for an undisclosed fee, although BBC Sport reporter Pope revealed that a fee is believed to be worth £1.5million.
The 27-year-old midfielder scored six goals and supplied four assists from 40 appearances in all competitions FOR during the 2016-17 campaign.
He has also put pen-to-paper on a three-year-deal, adding Leeds to a well-decorated CV, which includes two separate stints at German Bundesliga giants VFL Wolfsburg.
Klich has also earned 10 senior international caps for the Poland national team, making his debut back in 2011.
Football Insider verdict
Klich has plenty of past experience, including at international level, and he could be a valuable addition to Leeds’ squad ahead of their promotion challenge next term. Christiansen inherited a number of impressive midfield options from Monk, in particular Ronaldo Vieira, but Klich can offer him something they have been lacking. He’s got both goals and assists in his game, and Leeds will players who can contribute both on a consistent basis if they are to make it to the Premier League. The reported transfer fee of just £1.5million should also represent a great value for money deal for the club, and Leeds fans should be looking forward to seeing him in action. The fact that they beat Monk’s new team to his signature just make it all the sweeter.
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