Forssell raring to go

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Leeds' new signing Mikael Forssell is confident the competition for places will bring out the best of him at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old Finland international, who recently spent two weeks training with Simon Grayson's squad after leaving German club Hannover 96 in May, has signed a deal until the end of the season.

The former Chelsea and Birmingham striker told the club's official website: "I'm delighted. I'd had three good years in Germany with Hannover, but I've missed English football and really wanted to come back here."

He added: "To come to a club like Leeds is fantastic. It's such an historic club, the team is good, the lads are positive, the facilities are unbelievable and the fans look brilliant."

Forssell played the full 90 minutes in both Finland's Euro 2012 qualifiers at the weekend.

He added: "There's big competition for striking places here, but I'm hungry for goals. There's some great players here and I want to fight for a place to wear such an historic shirt."

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