Permanent deal for young midfielder....
Leeds today agreed a deal with Manchester City to sign England Under-20 international midfielder Adam Clayton on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old Manchester-born player initially signed on loan for United on Friday, August 6, and made his debut for the club 24 hours later against Derby County at Elland Road on the opening day of the season.
Now United have made the deal a permanent one, manager Simon Grayson saying: "He has only had a couple of brief appearances and he is desperate to try to break into the first team here."
Clayton, who has six England Under-20 caps to his name, joined Manchester City as a youngster and earned his first professional contract at the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.
At the end of that season he signed a two-year extension to his contract and though a promising young player he found his route to first team football at mega-rich City blocked by big-money signings.
Although he earned a place on City's subs bench on a couple of occasions he was not called into action. He went out on loan to Carlisle United last season where he made 36 appearances and scored three goals during his time at Brunton Park.
He was among the Carlisle goalscorers when we lost out to the Cumbrians in last season's JPT Area Final.