Leeds United have announced their second signing of the day by unveiling Macedonian international Ezgjan Alioski as their latest recruit, who joins from Swiss league side FC Lugano on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Alioski, 25, has joined the club following a highly impressive season in Switzerland; being directly involved in 30 league goals (16 goals and 14 assists) which was more than any other player in the league as well as being the leagues third top scorer. This alerted many top flight european sides, including fellow swiss site Basel and Italian top flight side Atalanta- however Leeds have won the fight for Alioski’s signature after many weeks of speculation.
Ezgjan, also known as Gianni, began his career at Swiss outfit Young Boys, and made the switch across the country to FC Schaffhausen in 2013. During this time Alioski played as a left back, where he still occasionally plays for his national side Macedonia, and wasn’t converted into a right sided winger until his switch to FC Lugano in January 2016.
Gianni becomes the second signing of the day after Samu Saiz’s switch from spanish side CD Huesca was also confirmed this afternoon, and the third signing of the week after Caleb Ekuban’s switch from italian outfit Chievo Verona on Wednesday.
Alioski, Saiz and Ekuban have all signed four year deals, which shows a new approach from owner Andrea Radrizzani as he is clearly building for the future. All three could make their debuts in the upcoming pre-season fixture against german second division side FC Ingolstadt this Sunday- Leeds’ first of three games of their Austria tour.
Alioski becomes the ninth addition to the squad this transfer window following Pontus Jansson, Hadi Sacko, Mateusz Klich, Felix Weidwald, Madger Gomes, Vernon Anita, Caleb Ekuban and Samu Saiz to Elland Road.