Leeds United confirm third summer signing as midfielder arrives on loan from Bournemouth

Leeds United have completed the signing of Joe Rothwell from Premier League side Bournemouth. The midfielder joins the Whites on a season-long loan deal from the Cherries.

The 29-year-old spent the second half of last term on loan at United's promotion rivals Southampton, playing 19 times across all competitions as the Saints secured an immediate Premier League return. Rothwell, who made his name at Blackburn Rovers, was an unused substitute in Southampton's Championship play-off final win over United back in May. He contributed four goals and one assist in the Saints' promotion push.

Rothwell, an attack-minded midfielder, made 11 top flight appearances for the Cherries in the first half of 2023/24 campaign before heading out on loan to Southampton. Speaking at the end of last season, Manchester-born Rothwell admitted that his Bournemouth future was "up in the air" after admitting his loan move to Southampton had “not quite gone as I would’ve liked it to”.

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A United statement read: "Our newest signing has gained plenty of football league experience, having played over 150 times for Blackburn Rovers in a journey that has seen him make over 300 appearances. The midfielder has also been recognised earlier in his playing days at international level too, representing England throughout the Under-16 to Under-20 age groups. Everyone at Leeds United welcomes Joe to the club."

Rothwell becomes United's third summer signing, following on from Joe Rodon and Alex Cairns. He bolsters Daniel Farke's options in midfield with Archie Gray having been sold to Tottenham Hotspur in a £40m deal earlier this month.