Leeds United transfers: Defender joins Ligue 1 club for £3.8m with fellow centre-half also set for La Liga return

LEEDS UNITED central defender Charlie Cresswell has completed his move to Ligue 1 side Toulouse on a permanent basis.

Reports suggest he has switched to France for a fee in the region of £3.8m.

Cresswell, 21, had been poised to join Toulouse earlier this month, only for the deal to fall through after both clubs agreed a fee. The player has now had a change of heart and sealed his full-time transfer to the club.

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The homegrown product had a difficult final season at Elland Road after signing a new four-year deal last August – keeping him at the club until the summer of 2027.

Leeds United's Charlie Cresswell looks on during the Carabao Cup first-round match against Shrewsbury Town last August. He has joined French side Toulouse. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.Leeds United's Charlie Cresswell looks on during the Carabao Cup first-round match against Shrewsbury Town last August. He has joined French side Toulouse. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.
Leeds United's Charlie Cresswell looks on during the Carabao Cup first-round match against Shrewsbury Town last August. He has joined French side Toulouse. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.

Last summer, Cresswell had reportedly been on the radar of a couple of unnamed Premier League clubs, with SPL giants Glasgow Rangers also linked with a loan move.

But Cresswell, part of England under-21s' victorious European Under-21 Championship winning squad in 2023, committed his future to Leeds, only to find opportunities hard to come by following the arrival of Joe Rodon, who recently joined the club on a permanent basis.

In total, Cresswell – who Leeds were willing to listen to offers for in January – made just seven appearances for Leeds in all competitions last term, with his final one being on February 10.

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He made just one league start in the game at Birmingham in early season.

The centre-half, who progressed through the youth ranks, spent the 2022-23 campaign on loan at Championship outfit Millwall.

Cresswell made 28 appearances for Millwall, having made his senior Leeds debut in September 2020.

He followed up with six appearances in 2021-22, including five in the Premier League.

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Overall, he made 14 appearances across all competitions for United.

Meanwhile, Leeds have accepted a revised bid from Real Betis for defender Diego Llorente.

The 30-year-old former Spanish international has been on loan at Roma for the past 18 months and his departure would get another significant wage off the club’s books.

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