Mika signs for Leeds United

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LEEDS United have bolstered their squad with the free transfer signing of midfielder Mika Vayrynen on a one-year contract.

The 29-year-old Finland international left Dutch club Heerenveen at the end of last season and has penned a 12-month contract with United with an option to extend it by one more year.

With Adam Clayton currently injured the Whites were down to their only two first team midfielders for last Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, with Michael Brown forced to play even though he had only just returned to training after he had also picked up an injury, so reinforcements were high on the agenda for Leeds boss Simon Grayson.

He said: “We’re delighted to sign Mika.

“There were good offers from other clubs on the continent, but he has turned them down because of his ambition to play for Leeds and be successful here.

“He’s an experienced midfielder, who has won over 50 caps for his country, and he has a fantastic pedigree. He has played with PSV and he had a successful season at Hereenveen last season.

“He can play as an attacking midfielder or as a holding midfielder and he’s delighted to get the opportunity to come here.”

Vayrynen, who has scored five goals in 54 international appearances, joins fellow Finnish star Mikael Forssell at Leeds after the striker signed, also on a free, last week.