Norwich City signed Argentine attacker Emi Buendia from “under Leeds’ noses”, Stuart Webber has revealed.

The City sporting director has told the Daily Telegraph how his club secured one of the signings of the season even though he was on loan at United feeder club Cultural Leonesa.

“Buendia is a success story for the whole scouting department, starting with the guys in data who first flagged him up for high statistics in a really underperforming team,” says Webber.

“Kieran Scott [head of recruitment] then went to watch him, came back and said he was unbelievable. I then got involved, watched him and then by using my contacts got into Getafe to make the deal happen at a time when they were struggling for money.

“It was the perfect jigsaw and everything slotted into place, and that very rarely happens. We literally found him from nowhere. The most interesting part of it is that Buendia was on loan at Cultural Leonesa, who are owned by Leeds. Luckily we got in there under Leeds’ noses.”

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What a shrewd acquisition Buendia has been, providing further proof of the added value Webber has provided to Norwich since being prised from Huddersfield, where he was also instrumental in their promotion campaign. Given the impact the Argentine has made in City’s automatic promotion pursuit, it is also something of an embarrassment to Leeds, who have established a partnership with Cultural since Andrea Radrizzani took over as owner two years ago. Buendia has been outstanding for Norwich this season, providing the same potency and flair from the right flank that Pablo Hernandez has given to Leeds. The 22-year-old has scored eight goals and supplied 16 assists from 38 matches in all competitions, and been an instrumental in the youthful and vibrant side so cleverly assembled and coached by Daniel Farke. Well done to Webber for pushing the button on such a brilliant-value signing, who, at £1.5million has been an absolute steal.

In other Leeds United news, the club are closing in on a JAWDROPPING £177million windfall after developments this week.