Leeds United fans didn’t have much time to lament the loss of young centre-back Josko Gvardiol, who turned down a move to Elland Road.

To make up for it, Leeds moved quickly to sign a much more high-profile player – Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente.

The news broke on Sky Sports Good Morning Transfer show on Tuesday morning and was posted on Twitter by Bryan Swanson.

The deal picked up pace throughout the day and Sky Sports reported that an agreement in principle had been reached over the transfer.

There’s still work to be done but it looks like it’s going to happen, bar anything going wrong with the medical.

If any Leeds fans were unaware of him, prominent Spanish journalist Guillem Balague wrote a brilliant thread highlighting his attributes.

He called him a “top player” who is “fantastic with long passing.”

Balague added that “he’s considered on his best form one of top 5-6 Spanish centre-backs.”

That’s exactly the level that Leeds should be looking at now but it’s left the fans purring at the prospect of continuing the season with a German (Robin Koch) and Spanish international centre-back pairing.

One fan did worry about what would happen to Liam Cooper, saying that Llorente is “not coming in to be third choice centre-back. Wonder where this leaves Liam Cooper?”

That’s a problem for another day, though, and we’re sure that even the biggest Cooper fan would prefer extra cover at centre-back.

Here are the best of the rest of the reactions to the major transfer update from Sky Sports…

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