Leeds sign Swansea’s Grimes on loan

Matt Grimes

The transfer fee paid by Swansea City for Matt Grimes was a record amount for an Exeter City player

Leeds United have signed Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes on loan for the entire 2016-17 season.

The England Under-21 international joins up with former Swans boss Garry Monk, who signed him as a teenager from League Two side Exeter City for £1.75m in January 2015.

Grimes, 20, has struggled to break into the Swansea first team, making only one Premier League start.

He played 13 times for Blackburn Rovers during a loan spell last season.

“This was a no-brainer for me – it’s such a big club and we’re looking to have a really strong season,” Grimes told the Leeds United website.

“Garry Monk and Pep Clotet were really good to me when I was at Swansea. They helped me a lot and nurtured me when I was a young player coming through, so it will be great to work with them again.”

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You can listen to ‘The Sergeant – Howard’s Way’, a BBC Radio Leeds special on how Howard Wilkinson took Leeds from the Second Division to the English league title, at 18:00 on Thursday.

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