Leeds United have signed Sporting Lisbon winger Hadi Sacko on a permanent deal after a season-long loan spell at the club.

The 23-year-old joined the club on a temporary basis last summer, going onto make 42 appearances in all competitions for the West Yorkshire outfit.

In that time, Sacko scored two goals and contributed a further four assists, all coming in the Sky Bet Championship.

Primarily operating on the right wing, Sacko has previous experience playing on the left-hand side or as a striker.

The winger has signed a three-year deal with the club.

Reports suggest that the Frenchman has a €60 million buy-out clause in his contract, but it is understood Leeds paid a fee of around £1.5 million to secure his services.

Leeds had a purchase option as part of the loan deal for Sacko, and have activated this early into the transfer window.

Despite the club making signings already this summer, they are without a Head Coach or Manager after Garry Monk’s shock resignation last week.

Assistant Head Coach Pep Clotet has been backed into second favourite in the running to become permanent Leeds boss.

When Monk resigned from the role, Clotet entered the market at a huge 25/1, but has since been backed into 7/2 second favourite, the same odds as Leicester City’s title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.

Clotet has enjoyed spells as a coach in both Sweden and Spain before he joined the backroom staff at Premier League outfit Swansea City.

Whilst Monk departed the club recently, it is understood that Clotet and coach James Beattie are still at the club and could be involved in some capacity in the future.

Aitor Karanka remains the bookies’ favourite for the Leeds United job, with the former Middlesbrough boss’ odds standing at 8/13.

Despite this, reports emerged today stating Karanka was not in the running to take over at the West Yorkshire club, alongside Michael Laudrup and Preston boss Simon Grayson.


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