Leeds United have confirmed they have struck a deal to sign Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg once the transfer window opens in July.
The 21-year-old American, who played under current Leeds boss Jesse Marsch in Salzburg, was identified as a target earlier this year and inched closer to the move once the Whites’ Premier League safety was confirmed.
Things have moved quickly since then and Leeds have now confirmed that a deal has been struck to bring Aaronson over to England for an undisclosed fee.
The attacking midfielder has inked a five-year contract to become Leeds’ first signing of the summer.
“Brenden is an incredibly hard worker and we’re pleased to welcome him to the club,” said Marsch.
“He adapts very well to tactical ideas and levels of play and his mentality is to do whatever it takes to help the team succeed.
“I know he will fit in here perfectly with our players and club with this mindset.”
Director of football Victor Orta added: “We’re pleased to have reached this agreement, we’ve been really impressed with the talent and skill set of Brenden, along with all the physical data collected on him.
“We believe he will improve the squad and we are really happy, it is very difficult to find a young player of this level, especially with Champions League experience.
“He can play in a number of positions and we believe he is the perfect player fit for us.
“We’ve been interested in Brenden for a long time and with taking the decision to hire Jesse Marsch and their experience of working together in the past, we wanted to close the deal as soon as possible which we now have done.”