Leeds United round-up: New signing reveals Jansson influence; Flint interest fades; Dallas believes promotion possible
Leeds’ late transfer window arrival Pawel Cibicki has spoken of what inspired him to make a move to Yorkshire, and a key factor in that decision was reportedly his close friend and fan favourite Pontus Jansson. Cibicki told the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“Of course I have my good friend here Pontus Jansson and I have spoken with him and he’s helped me. He tells me it’s very good and he’s going to take care of me here and so on… I am very happy that I can be here at this fantastic club and I know that Leeds have a very good big history, I hope to make a new one when I come here now and I hope to bring Leeds back to the Premier League.”
The 23-year-old scored 11 goals in 57 games for Malmo, adding 10 in 26 in a loan spell at Jonkopings Sodra IF in 2016. The new number 22 has put pen to paper on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.
However, the club did not splash the cash on Bristol City defender Aden Flint. Somerset Live believe that Leeds were interested in the former Swindon Town man, but were put off by the Robins’ high asking price at £5 million which they refused to lower despite the highest offer on the table being £3.5 million.
The likes of Celtic and Birmingham were also interested in completing the signing of the commanding centre-back, but Leeds reportedly lowered their efforts to bring him to Elland Road in January when they were first quoted such a substantial price.
Another piece of late transfer window business was to get the commitment of winger Stuart Dallas. The Northern Ireland international signed a three year deal to remain at the club, and he expressed his happiness to the Yorkshire Evening Post, saying:
“I’m delighted. Obviously it’s what I wanted and it’s since it’s been offered to me, it was been a no-brainer really for me. It’s where I want to be, I am happy here, my family is happy here and I am just delighted to get it all sorted. Six of us have now signed new contracts and with the work the club has done to bring new players in – we have added real quality as well – so there’s no reason why we can’t mount a challenge at the top this season.”
With a number of key players now committed and some promising signings made late in the transfer window, there are plenty of reasons for fans to be optimistic after a strong start to the season.
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