Leeds United complete deal for highly-rated Dutch striker

Jay-Roy Grot represented Netherlands at the 2017 Under 19 European Championships
Jay-Roy Grot represented Netherlands at the 2017 Under 19 European Championships
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Leeds United have completed the signing of highly-rated striker Jay-Roy Grot from Dutch Jupiler League side NEC for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £1.5million.

The powerful 19 year-old joins the club on a four-year-deal keeping him at Elland Road until 2021.

Leeds have been in the market for strikers following the departure of 30-goal man Chris Wood to Burnley.

Thomas Christiansen also terminated the contract of Souleymane Doukara on Wednesday, while new signing Caleb Ekuban is on the treatment table after suffering a foot injury in the 2-0 win over Sunderland.

Grot, who helped the Netherlands reach the semi-finals at the European U19s Championships this summer, said: “I am very happy, this is such a big club and this is a big step in my career, I am delighted to signed for Leeds United.

“It was been my dream to play in England and so to do that at a club like Leeds is really exciting.”

Grot featured 24 times in all competitions for NEC last season, netting six goals.

However, he was unable to prevent NEC suffering relegation from the Dutch top flight, the Eredivisie.

Grot becomes Leeds' 13th signing of the summer window and will wear the number 11 shirt.

The Dutch youth international will be available for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.