Leeds United: Whites strike second loan deal for Sunderland's McCartney

Leeds United have cashed in on their lucrative FA Cup tie with Arsenal by striking a second loan deal with Sunderland left-back George McCartney.

The Northern Ireland international has agreed a half-season loan at Elland Road.

McCartney completed a 93-day loan at Leeds before the end of the 2010, and United manager Simon Grayson began working to bring him back to West Yorkshire when the transfer window opened on January 1.

United were unable to consider a permanent deal due to McCartney's lengthy contract and sizeable wage at the Stadium of Light, but Sunderland have allowed him to remain at Elland Road until the end of

the Championship term.

The 29-year-old has no place in the plans of Sunderland manager Steve Bruce and he is still without a squad number at his parent club.

McCartney was keen to return to Leeds after making 17 successive appearances under Grayson prior to the turn of the year.

United moved to fund the transfer on the back of last weekend's FA Cup clash with Arsenal, a fixture which was expected to earn them more than 500,000, and they will pull in further funds after taking the Premier League club to a third-round replay, due to be staged at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Chairman Ken Bates said: "The additional revenue from the Arsenal game has helped make this loan possible."

McCartney's last appearance for Leeds came in a 3-3 draw with Portsmouth on December 28, and Andrew Hughes and Ben Parker have been used at left-back in the fixtures since his return to Wearside.

The deal is Leeds' third of the transfer window, following on from permanent agreements with centre-back Andy O'Brien and former Everton midfielder Zac Thompson.

But United have parted company with Slovakian international Lubomir Michalik after cancelling his contract by mutual consent.

Michalik – signed from Bolton Wanderers in January 2008 – had not featured in Leeds' first team for almost a year and recently completed a loan at Carlisle United.

His contract with Leeds was set to expire at the end of this season and the 27-year-old has already accepted up a full-time offer from Carlisle.

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