Rodrigo: Leeds reach agreement with Valencia for Spain striker

Rodrigo Moreno
Image: Rodrigo could be on his way back to the Premier League

Leeds are closing in on the signing of Spain international Rodrigo after reaching an agreement with Valencia.

The promoted Premier League club have yet to agree personal terms with the 29-year-old, who must still undergo a medical, but he is set to become the latest player to leave Valencia due to the Spanish side's perilous financial position.

Valencia tweeted: "Valencia CF have reached a preliminary agreement with @LUFC this Tuesday for the transfer of footballer Rodrigo Moreno, at the expense of completing all the documentation and other formalities and passing the medical examination.

"Valencia CF want to thank Rodrigo Moreno for his commitment and effort over the last six seasons - in which he helped to win a Cup title. We wish him all the best in this new stage of his career at @LUFC."

Rodrigo scored eight goals last season as Valencia finished ninth in La Liga. He joined from Benfica in 2014, initially on loan before moving permanently the following year.

      It has been almost a decade since Rodrigo first played in the Premier League. He spent a season on loan at Bolton in 2010 where he scored once in 21 appearances.

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      Rodrigo scored his first and only Premier League goal for Bolton against Wigan back in 2011

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