Leeds United: Ajose quits Whites for Swindon

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Nicky Ajose has parted company with Leeds United after reaching a deal to terminate his contract at Elland Road.

Ajose and Leeds came to an agreement this morning, ending weeks of wrangling and clearing the way for him to join Swindon Town.

He completed a move to the County Ground on a free transfer this afternoon.

The 23-year-old had two years remaining on a three-year deal at Leeds but was informed by head coach Uwe Rosler in July that he would not be involved with the first team this season.

Swindon and Coventry City both enquired about Ajose during the recent transfer window but Ajose failed to secure a move away from United before yesterday’s 6pm deadline.

The severance of his contract, however, allowed him to join another club outside the window as a free agent. He has signed a three-year contract with Swindon.

In a statement, Leeds said: “We would like to wish Nicky well for the future and thank him for his efforts during his time here.”

Leeds paid £150,000 to sign Ajose from Peterborough United last August but he played only four times and did not figure at all after the sacking of former head coach David Hockaday.

He finished last season on loan at Crewe Alexandra and endured an idle summer after being left out of United’s pre-season tour to Austria and Norway.

Ajose, who is managed by the same agent who represents Cameron Stewart - a player embroiled engaged in a bitter legal dispute with Leeds - has been pushing to move on for a number of weeks and finally secured his departure earlier today.

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