Chievo striker Caleb Ekuban becomes Leeds United’s sixth summer signing

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Leeds United have sealed the signing of Italian striker Caleb Ekuban from Chievo for an undisclosed fee.

Ekuban put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract after completing a medical today, becoming United’s sixth arrival of the transfer window.

The 23-year-old forward travelled to England from Italy last night and has signed in time to travel with Leeds on their pre-season tour of Austria later this week.

United moved for the striker after seeing him score 17 league goals during a loan in the Albanian top division with Partizani Tirana last season.

Ekuban, a quick and powerful player, began his career at Chievo as a youngster and had been a senior squad member at the club since 2012 without breaking into the first team.

Chievo sent him on loan to three Italian lower league sides - Sudtirol, Lumezzane and Renate - before allowing him switch to Tirana last season.

United were anxious to strengthen their strikeforce ahead of the new Championship season having relied heavily on Chris Wood’s 30-goal haul last term.

Wood is back in training after an extended break and he and Ekuban will make the trip to Austria on Friday.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen is not expected to field Ekuban in tomorrow’s friendly at North Ferriby United.

Leeds, meanwhile, remain on the verge of signing midfielder Samuel Saiz from Huesca.

The Spaniard began a medical with United this morning with a view to taking up a four-year deal at Elland Road.

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