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Leeds sign Wolves forward Costa on initial one-year loan

Leeds sign Wolves forward Costa on initial one-year loan
Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - February 2, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Helder Costa in action REUTERS/Phil Noble -
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(Reuters) – Leeds United have signed Portugal forward Helder Costa from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on an initial loan deal which will become a permanent transfer next year, the Championship club said on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Costa, who joined Wolves from Benfica in 2016, made 30 appearances in all competitions last season as Nuno Espirito Santo’s promoted side finished seventh in the table to qualify for the Europa League.

“Costa has today joined Leeds United from Wolverhampton Wanderers on an initial one year loan deal, which will become a permanent transfer next summer for an undisclosed fee,” Leeds said in a statement on their website.

Leeds said Costa had agreed a four-year contract with the second-tier club which will run until 2024.

The winger, who can also play as a centre forward, made his international debut last year and scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park.

Leeds missed out on promotion to the top flight after losing their Championship playoff semi-final to Derby County in May.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)

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