Leeds have completed the signing of Danny Pugh from Stoke with a view to a permanent transfer.
The 28-year-old, who has arrived on an initial loan basis until January, returns for a second spell at Leeds, where he made 57 appearances between 2004 and 2006.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson said: "He's a versatile player and an experienced player who has played in both the Premier League and the Europa League with Stoke."
Grayson added: "He also knows the Championship well and knows this club very well. Two or three other clubs were in for him but he jumped at the chance to come here.
"This was a deal we almost did on deadline day with some of the money that is available, but Tony [Pulis] wanted to keep him at Stoke a while longer, so we've brought him in on loan in the first instance and will make it permanent in January."
Pugh found first-team appearances hard to come by towards the end of his first stint at Elland Road and moved to Preston for £250,000 in June 2006 before Stoke paid £500,000 for the left-sided player in January 2008.
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