Leeds United beat Ajax to signing of Man Utd defender

Date published: Monday 7th August 2017 10:37

Leeds have pipped Ajax to the signing defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United on a season-long loan.

Left-back Borthwick-Jackson, 20, who spent last season on loan at Wolves, completed a medical on Friday night and becomes Leeds’ 10th first-team summer signing.

“Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United,” the Championship club announced on their official website.

“The highly-rated, left-footed defender joins the Whites on a season-long loan from the Premier League outfit.”

And it’s now emerged the United ace snubbed interest from Ajax before deciding on a move to Leeds.

ESPN claim the Ajax held talks with Borthwick-Jackson’s representatives about a temporary deal, but the player fancied West Yorkshire rather than Amsterdam.

Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen has been searching for a replacement for Charlie Taylor, who joined Burnley for an undisclosed compensation fee last month.

Gaetano Berardi started at left-back in Leeds’ 3-2 win at Bolton on Sunday, but was forced off at the Macron Stadium after dislocating his shoulder and is waiting to learn the full extent of the injury.

Leeds are also waiting to learn the severity of centre-half Matthew Pennington’s injury as the Everton loanee’s debut on Sunday was cut short after he turned his ankle in the second half.

Borthwick-Jackson progressed through Manchester United’s academy and following his first-team debut under former manager Louis van Gaal in November 2015 has gone on to make a total of 14 appearances.

However, Borthwick-Jackson did not feature in Jose Mourinho’s plans and joined Wolves on loan last season and made seven appearances.

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