Alfonso Pedraza is set to join Leeds either tonight or tomorrow morning after choosing the club over the other options. Newcastle United, Real Sociadad and Sporting Gijon were all interested according to reports but the highly rated winger has decided to join Garry Monk and Pep Clotet at Leeds.
He flew into Leeds this afternoon and there are conflicting reports on whether he has passed, or is currently undergoing his medical at the club. Sky Sports News are reporting the deal is done but we are still awaiting official confirmation. I don’t know much about the player but we know he’s very highly rated in Spain and was part of the Under 19’s Spanish national side that won the Euro Championships in 2015. He is 20, can play wide or as a forward and will join fellow Spaniards Pep Clotet and Pablo Hernandez at the club.
To put the deal in perspective Leeds and Villarreal have agreed on an £8.5 million deal for the player if we are promoted at the end of the season. That fee is huge given our biggest deal in over ten years was Kemar Roofe at just over £3 million. It shows the potential of the player and after yesterday and the clear issue we have with strength in depth it’s a boost to the whole club. Garry Monk said he was excited by the players potentially coming in and even though we don’t know much about him all the signs are we have an exciting prospect on the horizon.
I have managed to get in touch with a Villarreal fan and have done a “fan view” which I will post when we get official confirmation which is expected to be tomorrow morning.