Leeds United wrap up double deal ahead of Austria tour

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LEEDS UNITED completed a double deal on Thursday and took their tally of summer transfers to eight by adding Lugano winger Ezgjan Alioski to the signing of Samuel Saiz.

Alioski agreed a four-year contract at Elland Road hours after Leeds secured another key target by pushing through Saiz’s protracted move from Huesca.

Samuel Saiz

Samuel Saiz

Saiz had been in England since Monday following a delay in finalising the terms of the Spanish midfielder’s £3million arrival but Alioski tied up a rapid switch after travelling from Switzerland to undergo a medical yesterday.

United paid Lugano an undisclosed seven-figure fee for the Macedonia international and have tied him to Elland Road until 2021, in line with the contracts handed to Saiz and striker Caleb Ekuban.

Alioski sat out of Lugano’s pre-season friendlies against Chiasso and AC Milan amid plans to travel to England and finalise a move to Elland Road before United’s squad departed on their tour of Austria tomorrow.

Leeds approached Alioski having seen him weigh in with 16 league goals and 14 assists as Lugano finished third in Switzerland’s Super League last season.

Speaking last night, Alioski said: “I’m happy to be here. It was not so easy but it was always my dream to play in England. Now I’m here with a big club with big history. It’s amazing.”

Alioski and Saiz have joined Leeds in time to fly to Austria and their arrivals complete an impressive week of transfer business at Elland Road.

Leeds aimed to conclude the signings of Saiz, Alioski and Ekuban before head coach Thomas Christiansen departed with his players for three friendlies on the continent.

Ekuban signed a four-year deal on Tuesday, joining from Chievo for a fee believed to be worth around £500,000.