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Leeds land Llorente
By David Anderson
Leeds have completed Diego Llorente’s £18million signing from Real Sociedad to take their spending this transfer window to £80million.
Llorente passed his medical on Wednesday in Spain before flying to Leeds to sign a four-year deal with the Elland Road outfit.
The Spain centre-half will wear the No 14 shirt and will provide competition for skipper Liam Cooper and Germany international Robin Koch at the heart of the defence.
Llorente, 27, becomes Leeds’ fifth permanent first-team signing and takes their spending to £80million, making this transfer window their biggest ever.
Leeds are delighted to sign Llorente and Koch for a combined £31million after they were willing to pay up to £40million to re-sign Ben White from Brighton.
Llorente, who has five Spain caps, began his career at Real Madrid, but only made three substitute appearances for them.
He had a successful loan spell with Rayo Vallecano five seasons ago and won his first Spain cap at the end of that campaign.
Llorente joined Malaga on loan the following season and made 25 La Liga appearances, prompting Real Sociedad to pay around £6million for him in 2017.
He made 88 appearances for the Basque club over the last three seasons, scoring eight goals for them, and his final game was 11 days ago against Valladolid.