Leeds swoop to sign £2m Swedish striker

Date published: Tuesday 28th June 2016 1:13

Garry Monk: Made his first signing

Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson has become Garry Monk’s first signing at Leeds United for a fee which could rise to £2million.

The 25-year-old, who joins the Championship outfit from Kalmar FF for an undisclosed fee, is the Allsvenskan’s top scorer this season after hitting 10 goals from his opening 12 matches.

Antonsson has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Elland Road having previously worked under United’s new assistant coach Pep Clotet at Swedish side Halmstads BK.

“It feels fantastic to be here,” Antonsson told leedsunited.com. “Ever since Leeds came into the picture, it seemed like the perfect choice. I wanted this move as soon as Leeds contacted me.

“Playing in England has been a big dream of mine. Coming to a big club like Leeds is a dream come true and I will work very hard for the team in every game. I will not miss this opportunity.”

Monk added: “It’s great to make that first signing. In terms of how he plays, Marcus is a different striker to what we’ve got already, so that gives us options up front. “He’s done exceptionally well over the last couple of seasons. He scores goals, has great movement and he has the mentality to be able to adapt to this league.

“The club has watched a lot of him, I’ve watched a lot of him and I felt he’d be a good fit for Leeds United. “Marcus will come into the group with some really good strikers in the squad already. It will help them and it will give us options to adapt in different games.”

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