Leeds have announced the signing of Hamburg forward Pierre-Michael Lassoga.
The German forward joins the Whites on an initial season long loan. However, it has not been disclosed whether Leeds have an option to purchase the player at the end of the season.
Lassoga has spent a turbulent time at Hamburg prior to his move away, having joined after a successful loan spell.
The 25 year old has struggled for goals and a starting place at the Volsparkstadion and only made 20 appearances last season, scoring a measly two goals. A new move to English football could reinvent the player and start his career again.
Although mans fans will question the signing of Lassoga, the scouting team have so far been performing effectively in the transfer market; signing stars including Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to name a few.
Leeds were initially interested in Lassoga back in June but a deal has taken a long time to agree on due to the players extraordinary wages of £50k a week.
The deal has now been agreed and Leeds will be looking to the closing transfer window with an abundance of attacking options; including Kemar Roofe, Caleb Ekuban, Jay Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki and now Lassoga.
Is Lassoga a good signing for Leeds? Or should they have looked to spend the cash available from the Wood deal to sign a proven Championship forward? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Yesterday Leeds put an end to the transfer speculation surrounding Stuart Dallas.
The club secured the Northern Irishman's time at the club by agreeing a new three year deal.
Championship rivals Norwich City were said to be very keen on bringing the winger to Carrow Road but the player has decided to continue his career at Elland Road for the foreseeable future.
Dallas, who has had his critics during his time in Leeds looks finally set to be a big part of the first team picture for Thomas Christiansen, having spent most of his time prior in and out of the match day squad.
The 27 year old now looks set to stay at Leeds and could be as pivotal as a new signing for the club, with a strong preseason behind him and a new found confidence.
Leeds have been ever-present in not only the transfer market but with negotiations to existing players at the club including new deals Gaetano Berardi, Eunan O'Kane and Liam Cooper.
For many fans, this will be the news they have waited all summer for. Dallas is a very good Championship winger with plenty of technical ability and a lot of potential.
Now is the time for the player to step up and be counted as Leeds challenge for higher honours in what could be a tough summer.
What's your opinion? Are you happy that Dallas has extended his deal? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
After images leaked last night of Pawel Cibicki being confirmed as a Leeds United player, they have now officially announced the deal.
The Swedish forward joins the club on a four year deal from Malmo and is expected to join up with the squad as soon as available ahead of an action packed fixture list for the Whites.
The 23 year old has cost the club around £1.5million meaning that his addition along with Kay Roy Grot's transfer earlier last week has only cost Leeds a fraction of the fee received for last seasons top scorer Chris Wood.
Amazingly, Cibicki is now Leeds' 15th signing of the summer as they look to progress on their 7th place league finish last season.
Top additions Ezgjan Alioski and Samu Saiz have already made impressive impacts at the club and with Leeds already seeing the fruition of such deals, Cibicki could be another steal from the foreign leagues.
With plenty of clubs courting Cibicki, Leeds may have pulled quite the coupe with his signing. Europe supremos Napoli, Ajax and Manchester United had previously been interested in the player.
With Cibicki announced on deadline day, its highly expected that Pierre-Michael Lassoga will join the club on loan for the season. Leeds could still be active in the transfer market with central defenders being the next focus for the club.
Who would you like Leeds to sign? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Latest rumours suggest that Leeds are interested in Newcastle forward Dwight Gayle.
The talented striker has not yet been made available by manager Rafa Benitez but it does seem that with the signing of Joselu, the player has fallen down the pecking order.
With Leeds losing last seasons 30 goal striker Chris Wood it is only natural for the media to link an out of favour forward with a big money move to Championship challengers Leeds.
Gayle, who had an impressive Championship season last term scoring 23 in 34 appearances in his first season for the Magpies.
However, if Gayle is not in the plans of Benitez, it's likely that he will push for a move away from the club in order to avoid the same fate he suffered at Crystal Palace.
The former Non-League striker is a deadly asset in front of goal and would be the perfect signing for Leeds, offering pace and power along with the ability to play as a sole striker or feeding off a striking partner.
Although a deal for the 27-year old seems unlikely, signing Gayle would be a real statement of intent by Leeds and Thomas Christiansen's squad would look far stronger with his addition.
With Fulham hot on his tail, should Leeds move quick to sign Gayle? Or is he too expensive for the club? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds look set to announce the signing of striker Pawel Cibicki, irregardless of any news outfits scuppering the deal.
It was confirmed on Friday that the Whites had agreed a deal to sign the talented Swede forward and that confirmation would be made on Monday. However, Leeds have remained coy on any deal along with most media outfits now saying a deal is off.
The reason for the radio silence can be explained quite easily, Leeds have targeted a player that has been courted by many top clubs.
Cibicki has been linked with clubs including Manchester United and Ajax over the summer and therefore Leeds would not want to enter a transfer tug of war with an immediate disadvantage over other clubs.
The 23-year old looks set to cost Leeds £1.5million, a fairly reasonable price for a player of his stature.
Known as a lone striker or an adapt left winger, Cibicki looks like he fits the archetype of a player who can find space in between the defence. Something Kemar Roofe has been doing affectively for the club.
The benefit of signing the Swede would be to allow for Cibicki and Roofe to switch places during a difficult game. Both players are adapt at playing upfront or on the wings and this could allow Leeds some addition versatility during a game.
With news going quiet since Sunday on the deal, is it a case that Leeds have lost interest or are they keeping their cards close to their chest in order to trump any other interested parties? I think it's the later.
Cibicki has now apparently left Malmo training facility to discuss a move to a new club, his being more than likely Leeds United.
With clubs like Napoli and Real Betis challenging Leeds for the player, it could be some coupe if they can secure a deal for the forward.
Would you like to see Cibicki sign? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
News of Rob Green's departure can't have been a surprise for many fans, but for some it may have been a disappointment.
Green had been one of Leeds' key players last season, being a constant force in goal and helping the club to a 7th place finish and some brilliant performances between the sticks.
With the incoming Felix Wiedwald being preferred by Thomas Christiansen, Green believed that due to the time in his career, he didn't want to remain as a backup when he still had time left in his career.
The strange thing is, Green has departed the club to join Premiership side Huddersfield Town. A side that has been performing brilliantly so far during the start of the season and that is partly down to their new keeper Jonas Lössl who is on loan from German office Mainz.
This means that Green will once again be second fiddle to a new signing, which makes his move less about football and more about the opportunity to be on Premier League wages.
I'm a big fan of Green and I think the fact that Leeds released the player prior to his move was foolish when he could have commanded a reasonable fee.
Having such an experienced keeper could have been pivotal to a good season and although Leeds have immediately replaced him with Andy Lonergan means that we won't be short of keepers but he's more of a backup. Whereas Green was a trusted contender for the top spot.
Whether Leeds will regret this decision remains to be seen. However, no player is bigger than the club and if you're not willing to challenge for your place, then you're not needed.
A shame to see someone so talented to go but with ample replacements Leeds needn't worry. A striker would be nice though!
By Ryan Ingham
With the transfer window set to slam shut on Thursday, Leeds could be set to conclude some business ahead of the deadline.
With Chris Wood departing the club last week, Leeds have been left short up with plenty of money to spare to secure a new leading man.
The recent signing of Jay Roy Grot and the superb form of Kemar Roofe show that Leeds needn't worry for the here and now but should another injury like the one of Caleb Ekuban's, the Whites could be in severe trouble.
Recent news suggests that Southampton striker Shane Long has been told he is no longer needed at St Mary's and a move away from the club could materialise prior to the window closing.
The 30-year old has seen his stardom fall while at Southampton but was a very talented forward prior to his £12million move from Hull City.
Known for his pace and eye for goal, Long could be the perfect man to propel Leeds to the promised land of Premier League football should he take the step down to England's second division.
Long has been predominantly a top flight striker but having fallen on hard times, a move to an established Championship side with a strong fanbase and money to burn could be the perfect opportunity for him to revive his career.
Leeds have shown in recent games that their strength is in a striker that can play between the lines and make runs to allow players like Saiz to push Leeds forward.
The Ireland international could be an inspired signing at Leeds and would be a real statement of intent ahead of Thursdays market closing.
Would you like Long to sign? Or do you have another player in mind? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United confirmed yesterday that Andy Lonergan had signed for the club.
The keeper joins the Whites on a two year deal and comes in as a replacement for the departed Rob Green.
Now at 33 years old, Lonergan has been signed as a backup for current no.1 Felix Wiedwald. He will also contest with Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the backup post, with the Leeds youngster set for a Northern Ireland call up.
This will be Lonergan's second spell at Elland Road having represented the club during 2011 and 2012. Again it was Lonergan's job to replace the outgoing Kasper Schmeichal at the time.
The stopper made 38 appearances for Leeds before leaving to join Bolton Wanderers where he gained cult status from the Trotters fans.
Lonergan has remained competitive prior to his move to Leeds, having recently turned out for both Fulham and Wolves in the Championship.
A strong replacement and a good keeper to call upon when needed, Lonergan will feel right at home at Elland Road and will surely become a valuable asset this season.
What do you think? Should Leeds have been more stern on Green? Or was it time for BPF to get his chance? Have your say in the comments.below.
By Ryan Ingham
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