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Leeds swoop to sign Manchester United defender

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Leeds United have completed the signing of Scott Wootton from Manchester United, as Brian McDermott looks to bolster his squad for the new campaign. 

Wootton has previous Football League experience, taking in loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Peterborough United and Nottingham Forest. The transfer represents a permanent move away from the Red Devils, as the defender has signed a three year contract with the Championship side.

According to the Daily Mail the fee could be as high as £1million, however that figure has not been confirmed by either club.

Wootton has struggled to make a breakthrough at Old Trafford, despite playing Champions League and League Cup football last season, even playing the full match in Manchester United's extra time defeat at Stamford Bridge as they exited the League Cup.

Central defence is an area that Brian McDermott has been keen to strengthen. Leeds had looked short of competition for Jason Pearce and Tom Lees prior to Wootton's arrival.

Manager Brian McDermott said: "I'm delighted to have agreed the signing of Scott Wootton on a three-year deal. He's a player who has played in the Champions League and someone we feel will develop with us in the coming years. I want to say thanks for the owners in doing the deal and bringing another young player to help us go forward."

Wootton joins Luke Murphy, Noel Hunt and Matt Smith as the fourth signing made by the Yorkshire club this summer.

The arrival of the young defender is a welcome bout of positive news for Leeds, amid fears star right back Sam Bryam may require surgery before returning to action following a hip injury. The club will also hope to keep hold of forward Ross McCormack amid reports of interest from Middlesbrough.

Leeds will look to pick up their first away win of the season on Saturday as they travel to Ipswich Town.

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