Leeds United have today confirmed the signing of Pablo Hernandez on an initial six month contract.
Hernandez, who had initially joined the club on loan in the summer has made the switch permanent after cutting short a spell with Qatar club Al-Arabi after joining the club in 2014.
The deal also has an option for Leeds to extend the playmakers contract for another 12 months, taking him until at least the end of the 2017/18 season.
The fee has not been announced but the initial deal was said to be around £1million which had previously been agreed in the summer prior to his signing and at that price, he's definitely one of the bargains of the season.
The 31-year old has enjoyed a good start to his now prolonged spell with Leeds United, having featured in 18 games this season, contributing 3 assists and 3 goals that will surely be goal of the season contenders come May.
The former Valencia and Swansea winger has found a somewhat redemption in English football having fallen out of favour with the later mentioned club. Leaving for pastures new and Qatar football in back in July 2014. Hernandez then saw loan spells to Al-Nasr and Rayo Vallecano before joining the Whites this summer.
His skill on the ball and knowledge of the game have been a blessing for Garry Monks side and he has played a big part in the clubs brilliant performance in the league this season.
Capped four times by Spain and with previous experience in both the Premier League and La Liga, it's clear to see that Hernandez's ability far outshines the current league that he is playing in (but don't tell him that!).
The permanent signing of such an influential and talented player can only be a blessing for Leeds United and if their first move into the transfer market is making Hernandez permanent, then we are in for a good transfer window this January.
Speaking on his recent signing, Hernandez said; "I knew I initially came her on loan for six months, but in my mind I always wanted to stay here for longer.
"Leeds has unbelievable fans, an unbelievable stadium, a really good training ground and very professional staff and I really like all of this."
I think I speak for many when I welcome this signing, Pablo is a fantastic talent and a born professional in football, not only can he make results on the pitch, but the ability to have such talent around Thorp Arch can only be good news for the young players who get to watch and train with him.
Let's hope the next signing we talk about is even better, Jansson permanent or even a fresh face, it's sure to be an exciting time at Elland Road!
By Ryan Ingham
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