Leeds United seal loan deal for Paraguayan forward

Leeds United have made their 15th signing of the summer, after completing a loan deal for forward Brian Montenegro.

The Elland Road club are currently without a manager following the dismissal of Dave Hockaday last week, but this hasn’t stopped them from dealing in the transfer window. Brazilian midfielder Adryan joined on loan from Flamengo on Saturday, and the following day Italian defender Dario Del Fabrio joined from Cagliari, also on loan.

And now the Championship side have added to their forward options, with Montenegro linking up with the first team squad from Paraguayan top-flight side Nacional on a temporary deal for the remainder of the campaign. The Whites have also secured the option to take the 21-year-old on a permanent basis next summer.

“We can confirm the season-long loan signing of Brian Montenegro, subject to international clearance,” Leeds said on their official Twitter account on Monday evening. “The deal to bring Montenegro to Elland Road also includes the option to make his move permanent should he have a successful loan spell.”

Simon Grayson, meanwhile, has played down speculation linking him with a second spell in charge of the Yorkshire club. The 44-year-old, currently in charge of Preston North End, led Leeds to the second-tier during his four-year stint in charge, which ended in 2012, but he claims reports of a possible return are wide of the mark.

“Everybody knows about my affiliation with Leeds and I enjoyed my time there, but I am happy at Preston,” he said. “Preston can’t do enough for me at this moment in time. They give me the opportunity to do what we are doing; we have got a good squad together and I have a real desire to get this team to the next level.

“People can speculate about anything they want and bookmakers can do their jobs, but I am enjoying my time at Preston North End. The reports are wide of the mark; people are going to speculate and put two and two together, but the club have had no approach, I’ve had no approach and that’s the end of the matter.”

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