Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Spain international Pablo Hernandez on a six-month loan from Qatari club Al-Arabi.
The former Valencia and Swansea City forward flew into England for a medical over the weekend and finalised terms with United yesterday, becoming the club’s seventh signing of the summer.
The deal, which is seen as a coup by Leeds, reunites head coach Garry Monk with a talented footballer who he played with and managed at Swansea City.
Hernandez became Swansea’s record signing in 2012 and spent two years with the Premier League club before accepting a three-year contract with Al-Arabi in the Middle East.
The 31-year-old made only a handful of appearances in Qatar, however, and he spent most of last season on loan with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
His contract with Al-Arabi has another year to run but the club have released him on a temporary basis for the first half of the forthcoming Championship season and will allow Leeds to sign him permanently when the January transfer window opens.
Hernandez, who won four caps with Spain during his years at Valencia, is expected to be used by Monk in the number 10 role.
The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “It feels very good to be here.After knowing about the possibility of this move for a few days, I’m very happy to get started.
“Coming to a big club in England is an unbelievable feeling for me – I’m just impatient to play the first game now.
“Garry and Pep (Clotet, United’s assistant) know me because I played at Swansea for two years. When Pep called me about coming here I said ‘yes’ straightaway because I know that Leeds are a big team in England with good fans.
“I knew I wanted to come here and I can’t wait for the first game with the team and the first game at Elland Road.”