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Leeds lands in Llorente

By David Anderson

Leeds have completed the £ 18m signing of Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad to bring the cost of this transfer window to £ 80m.

Llorente had his medical examinations in Spain on Wednesday before flying to Leeds to sign a four-year contract with the Elland Road team.

The Spanish midfielder will wear the number 14 shirt and will compete with skipper Liam Cooper and German international Robin Koch in the heart of the defense.

Llorente, 27, becomes Leeds’ fifth permanent first-team signing and raises his spending to £ 80m, making this transfer window the largest ever.

Leeds are delighted to sign Llorente and Koch for a total of £ 31m after they were willing to pay up to £ 40m to re-sign Ben White from Brighton.

Llorente, who has five caps for Spain, began his career at Real Madrid but has only made three appearances as a substitute.

He had a successful loan spell with Rayo Vallecano five seasons ago and won his first cap with Spain at the end of that season.

Llorente joined Malaga on loan the following season and made 25 La Liga appearances, prompting Real Sociedad to pay around £ 6m for him in 2017.

He has made 88 appearances for the Basque club in the past three seasons, scoring eight goals and his last match was 11 days ago against Valladolid.

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