Ex-Leeds target Rodri has joined Bristol City for free

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shakes hands with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August...

Leeds United once targeted Rodri; now he's off to Bristol City.

Jay Spearing of Bolton battles Rodri of Sheffield Wednesday during the npower Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers at Hillsborough Stadium on September 22,...

Bristol City have already secured one free agent signing this season by landing defender Ashley Williams, and they've dipped into the free agent market again now.

The Robins saw Benik Afobe suffer a season-ending injury last month, and Lee Johnson has been exploring the free agent market for a replacement, with Gary Hooper mentioned recently.

Now though, City have decided to sign Rodri, handing the Spanish striker a deal until January, with the option of extending his contract until the end of the season.

 

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Granada at the end of last season, and has already had one spell in English football having been on loan with Sheffield Wednesday for the first half of the 2012-13 season.

He will now have a chance to prove he can score goals in the Championship, and may just halt the talk of Bristol City pushing to sign Arsenal attacker Eddie Nketiah – on loan at Leeds United – in January.

The Sun claimed over the weekend that the Robins want to take over Nketiah's loan, given that the 20-year-old isn't starting for Leeds, but the shirt could now be Rodri's to lose.

Leeds United's Eddie Nketiah during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31, 2019 in Leeds, England.

What's ironic is that just two years ago, Leeds themselves were keen on Rodri. He was playing for Leeds' sister side Cultural Leonesa in 2017, with Cadena Ser claiming that Leeds had control of Rodri's rights ahead of a potential move to Elland Road, but that never materialised.

Rodri now joining Bristol City may just calm down those Nketiah rumours and help keep him at Elland Road; funny how things work out in football.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shakes hands with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August...

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