Leeds set to land Lichaj
Leeds have agreed a one-month loan deal for Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj.
Last Updated: 09/02/11 4:39pm
Leeds United have agreed a one-month loan deal for Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj, the Championship promotion contenders have confirmed.
Elland Road boss Simon Grayson thinks that the right-back will prove a valuable asset after beating some second-tier rivals to the American's signature.
Leeds expect Lichaj to complete the formalities of his move on Thursday and if successful he could go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Bristol City.
Grayson is pleased that the 22-year-old was happy to leave Villa Park, especially with Paul Connolly struggling for fitness due to a hamstring injury.
The Leeds boss told his club's official website: "A deal has been agreed for Eric to join us and we're delighted Aston Villa have agreed to let him come.
"He is a player that they have high hopes for and they believe him coming to Leeds will be beneficial for him and us.
"A few other Championship clubs were interested so we are delighted to get a player that has played international football at different levels."
Lichaj made his Villa debut in a Europa League qualifying match against Rapid Vienna in August and has since gone on to make a further seven appearances, including five in the Premier League.