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Leeds United sign defender Bessone from Swansea City

Federico Bessone
Bessone joins fellow countryman Luciano Becchio at Elland Road

Leeds United have signed Argentine defender Federico Bessone from Swansea City on a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old, who was out of contract at Swansea, is Championship new boys Leeds' fourth summer signing.

Left-back Bessone started his career at Barcelona alongside Lionel Messi before moving to Catalan rivals Espanyol.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Leeds: "He had the opportunity of a contract at Swansea but he turned that down to come and join us."

"We feel that it's an area we need to strengthen with Ben Parker being injured last year and Andrew Hughes playing there, and when he became available we tried to conclude the deal very quickly."

Bessone is the second player to leave the Liberty Stadium for Yorkshire in the last week, influential midfielder Leon Britton having joined Sheffield United.

He originally arrived in Britain in June 2008 when former Swans boss Roberto Martinez signed him on a two-year contract following his release from Espanyol.

Bessone endured an injury-plagued spell in south Wales making just 34 league starts in two years for the Swans.

"We're delighted we've got him," added Grayson. "He had the option to re-sign at Swansea, which he turned down because of our interest in him.

"He's technically a very good player, can pass the ball, defend well enough, and we'd like to think we've got a good player there and another good addition to our squad that we're trying to piece together over the summer.

"It's another piece in the jigsaw and competition for places and we feel he's going to be a big acquisition for us."

Swansea, who must now find a replacement for Bessone, have been linked with Wrexham's out-of-contract Wales under-21 international left-back Neil Taylor.



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