Leeds United seal signing of Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita battles with Kemar Roofe at Elland Road, last season.
Vurnon Anita battles with Kemar Roofe at Elland Road, last season.
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Leeds United have completed the signing of former Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita on a three-year deal.

The Dutchman sealed a free transfer to Elland Road tonight after leaving Newcastle at the end of last season.

Leeds unveiled Anita at the launch of their new home kit this evening having concluded talks earlier in the day.

Anita told the YEP: “For a few weeks we’ve been talking and I’m pleased to be here. The main goal for me coming here is promotion.

“The club are starting a new project with promotion in mind and that was one of the things that attracted me. It’s a beautiful club and (promotion) is something we need to achieve.

“I played here last season with Newcastle so I know what the supporters are like. They are just like Newcastle: great supporters who demand a lot. I know what to expect and I’m not afraid of that.”

Anita reached the end of his Newcastle contract last week following five years at St James’ Park and is now set to continue his career in the Championship with Leeds.

The former Ajax youngster is a recognised midfielder but filled in at right-back for Newcastle as the club won the Championship title last season.

United, who saw out-of-contract left-back Charlie Taylor complete a move to Burnley this morning, are in need of defensive cover and have signed Anita despite recent interest in him from Galatasaray.

Now 28, Anita played more than 150 times for Newcastle after signing from Ajax in 2012.

He featured in both games against Leeds last season, starting Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Elland Road in November and a dramatic 1-1 draw at St James’ Park in April.

Leeds have added him to a list of signings which already includes midfielder Mateusz Klich and goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald.

The club remain in discussions about a deal for Huesca number 10 Samuel Saiz, a target who United have been pursuing intensely for the past three weeks.