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Pedraza on his way to Leeds United latest details – including picture

It was a loan deal out of the blue when it emerged that Villareal’s young Spain U-21 winger Alfonso Pedraza was on his way to Elland Road on a half-season loan.

Leeds had just been humiliated by non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup – don’t let him see the copy of that game until he’s inked his name, shades of Pavoletti and Viviani there. There was the constant clamour of Leeds fans demanding that signings be made, someone had to get their finger out, that was a disgrace etc. etc. etc.

Then late last night appeared the name Alfonso Pedraza and suddenly Google started to light up with the number of keystrokes going off the scale as Leeds United fans did quick Internet searches. Similar ‘spikes’ were seen on YouTube, where Leeds fans headed to catch a glimpse of their new inbound player.

They all found the same information. Pedraza was a 20-year-old two-cap Spanish Under-21 international moves from Villareal, who have paid a loan severance agreement of €300,000, to Leeds United on the understanding that promotion to the Premier League will kick in an automatic purchase option in the region of €10 million.

Whilst on loan at Galician side CD Lugo, the young Spaniard, who can play across the front three positions, made 22 La Liga 2 appearances, scoring six times and setting up a further eight assists.

They would have all found the same video (below).

The latest on the deal is best served by the following tweets, the first one from a La Liga writer for Yahoo Sports. In this the youngster is sorting the finalities of the deal that will see him arrive for the rollercoaster that is English football’s Championship.

Gaffney says that he wasn’t  given the right assurances from Villareal over his future at the La Liga side and is willing to jump into a new adventure with Leeds United, who are currently riding high in fourth place in the table.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay, the chief football writer at the paper, is saying that Pedraza is arriving “this evening”, whilst fellow reporter Joe Rawson says the whole kit-and-caboodle will be sorted within the “next 24 hours.”

Journalist Hay then reiterates that the loan will become permanent upon Leeds’ possible promotion to the Premier League, an eventuality that demands the need for a formal medical assessment.


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