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Leeds new boy Hernandez knew about interest a month ago

Swansea's Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez joined Leeds United on Tuesday morning.

Pablo Hernandez (R) celebrates scoring the first goal for Swansea with Ki Sung Yueng

Leeds United new boy Pablo Hernandez has told LUTV that his move to Elland Road has been in the pipeline for about a month.

The 31-year-old attacker joined Leeds on a six-month loan from Qatar side Al-Arabi on Tuesday, with a view to a permanent deal.

Swansea City's Pablo Hernandez in action

The switch to United came out of left field a little due to a lack of solid speculation building up to his switch, whereas there had been rumours about Leeds' other six summer signings prior to their arrival.

But Hernandez - who played under and with Garry Monk at Swansea City - has revealed now that his move to the Whites was first brought to him a month ago.

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

"It's been a long wait," he told LUTV. "I had time to think about my future and maybe a month ago the possibility to come here [came up] and it was always in my head.

In Hernandez, Monk has recruited a versatile attacking outlet who can play on either wing - as he did for Swansea - or in a number 10 role, where the 38-year-old manager says he plans to play him.

Leeds kick off their Championship campaign with a trip to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon in what will be Monk's first competitive game as United boss.

Ex-Valencia man Hernandez netted five times in 57 Premier League appearances for the Swans.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk

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