Harding signs Leeds deal
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brighton contract rebel Daniel Harding has signed a deal with Leeds.Brighton contract rebel Daniel Harding has signed a three-year contract with Championship rivals Leeds United.
The England Under-21 international defender had been stalling on putting pen-to-paper on a new deal with The Seagulls.
Brighton boss Mark McGhee is bitterly disappointed with Harding and feels the full back could have treated the club with more respect.
"I'm very disappointed, not just for me but also the chairman and everyone else at the club who has looked after him," said McGhee to the Brighton Evening Argus.
"I totally understand his motivation. He wants to earn more money but I think he should have treated us a bit better."
Harding is now set to become Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell's second acquisition this summer behind Rob Hulse's permanent capture.
The left back void was always going to be a priority with Michael Gray returning to Blackburn following his three-month loan spell.
As Harding is just 21, Leeds will be expected to pay Brighton compensation for his services with the fee to be decided by a tribunal should the clubs fail to agree a deal.