Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told the club's official website that he is pleased to have reunited with winger Mustapha Carayol at Elland Road.
Evans sealed his first January deal earlier this week by extending Liam Bridcutt's loan deal until the end of the season, and he has now made it two moves in a matter of days.
Leeds confirmed on their official website earlier today that Gambian winger Mustapha Carayol has joined the club from Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan with Leeds' Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town, but after cutting that deal short earlier this month, Carayol is heading back to West Yorkshire to join up with Evans once again.
The duo worked together at Crawley Town during the 2007-08 season, so both Evans and Carayol will certainly be familiar with each other as they reunite at Elland Road.
Evans hasn't given much of a chance to pacey wide man Jordan Botaka at Leeds, whilst previous loanee Will Buckley was sent back to Sunderland by Evans, meaning a natural wide man was needed - and that's exactly what Carayol will bring to the Leeds side.
Speaking to the club's official website after completing the move, Evans admitted that he was pleased to have completed a reunion with Carayol, and claims that the winger will be in the squad to face Rotherham United in the FA Cup on Saturday.
"Mustapha played for me as a kid many years ago at Crawley and we have often come across each since and kept in touch," said Evans. "He was delighted to receive a call from the head coach at Leeds United and it took him less than three seconds to say ‘I’ll get in the car in the next 10 minutes and head to Leeds’."
"I don’t want to say what he will or won’t do, but what I can say is that every time I’ve seen him play he looks a serious threat to the opposition and he gets the opportunity to challenge for a place in the team. I look forward to this being the first of three or four further additions to the group before the end of the month. He will be in the 18 for our home FA Cup tie with Rotherham."
"I have to be honest with the Leeds United family and say that Mustapha Carayol was not on my original list as I only became aware yesterday from Aitor Karanka at Middlebsrough that Mustapha Carayol had asked to be made available for loan. I discussed this with my staff, looked at the fact that we need to add some genuine pace to the group, and it became obvious that he would add something to the group. I spoke with the president late yesterday and was given permission by Aitor at Boro to speak to Mustapha," he added.
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