Winger will initially join on loan with move becoming permanent in the summer
Brian McDermott has pulled off his first signing since the club was taken over by the Sports Capital consortium in the shape of Hull City winger Cameron Stewart.
Stewart has initially joined on loan until the end of the season, but the move will become permanent in the summer. He cannot join permanently in this window as Fifa regulations prevent a player from appearing for more than two clubs in a season unless it is an emergency loan.
Stewart has already impressed in the Championship on loan at Charlton this season and was interesting a number of clubs after it became clear he was struggling to hold down a place in Hull’s first-team squad.
Hull are trying to clear some room on their wage bill this month to enable manager Steve Bruce to bring new players in, although the Tigers have denied they have agreed a deal to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long, and Stewart was one of those told he could leave.
“Cameron fits the bill as the type of player we are looking to recruit here,” said McDermott, who has been given extra funds to spend after Sport Capital took a controlling 75 per cent stake in the club this week.
“He has pace, he gives us something different, and he is hungry to do well.
“We were aware of Cameron’s situation, and rules are rules. By joining us in this manner, it means we have a player who we know will be here for the next three and a half years, and we look forward to working with him for the long-term.”
Leeds chairman Salah Nooruddin added: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to secure the signature of Cameron.
“He is a young player who was attracting a lot of interest from clubs in the Championship, including a couple who are above us in the table at the moment, and he is a player Brian was keen to sign.”