Leeds to sign Pedraza from Villarreal, permanent option included

Leeds United are set to strengthen their ranks before the closure of the transfer window tomorrow night by securing Alfonse Pedraza from Villarreal, Spanish outlet AS reports.

What’s the word?

With the shock FA Cup defeat to non-league outfit Sutton United leaving Garry Monk’s side with only the Championship to focus on, Leeds United are looking to complete late deals in the market to strengthen their side for the promotion push.

Alfonse Pedraza is a man on their radar and discussions concerning a loan move to Yorkshire from La Liga outfit Villarreal have been positive, with a deal until the end of the season set to be agreed and the option to sign the player permanently for €10m if a Premier League return is secured.

The 20-year-old is currently on-loan at Spanish second-tier side Lugo but the Yellow Submarines are prepared to cut that deal short in order to facilitate a move to England for the youngster.

Will he improve the squad?

This could end up being a major coup for Leeds United as they’ll have first refusal this summer on an Spanish U21 international thats netted six goals and secured eight assists during his loan spell with Lugo, as long as the Peacocks reach the Premier League.

If they fail to achieve that target, then Pedraza will return to Villarreal this summer. The highly-coveted man was also a target for Sporting Gijon this month, which shows that Leeds will face competition for a permanent deal this summer if they do not match the clause in the agreement.

With his record though, Pedraza should provide a huge boost to Leeds as they seek a return to the top-flight for the first time since their relegation in 2004.