Leeds United sign Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leeds United have agreed on a package worth £5m to acquire the signature of Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. The 28-year-old had an excellent 2017/18 season with the Wolves where he contributed with 14 goals and five assists but he has now chosen to join the Peacocks after being deemed surplus to requirements.

Speaking after sealing the move, he said: “It’s exciting times and I am looking forward to getting going now and meeting the squad. The move happened quite fast, Wolves took the decision to let me know I wasn’t going to be part of their plans which was hard to take at first, but life goes on. I then found out about the interest from Leeds and the project here is similar to what was going on at Wolves last year and it is very exciting, so that is what made the decision for me to come here.”

Douglas becomes Leeds’ first permanent signing of the ongoing transfer window with the club having previously recruited Danny Welbeck, Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker from Chelsea on a season-long loan deals. New manager Marco Bielsa has been tasked with the job of ending Leeds’ long wait for a return to the top but much of the effort is expected to lie on the squad players who have not been consistent enough to push for promotion.

On the other hand, Wolves seem to be going on the right track with their summer business which has included several high-profile signings including Portuguese duo Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio. As such, anything less than a mid-table finish would be considered as a disappointment and it will be interesting to see how the Championship holders make the start on their top-flight comeback. Wolves welcome Everton at the Molineux for their Premier League opener on August 11.

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