Leeds United snap up midfielder Mika Vayrynen

Latvia's Edgars Gauracs (l) challenges Mika Vayrynen of Finland
Vayrynen (r) has won 54 caps

Leeds have signed Finland midfielder Mika Vayrynen on a 12-month deal, with the option for a second year.

The 29-year-old left Dutch side Heerenveen in the summer.

United boss Simon Grayson told the club website:external-link "There were good offers from clubs on the continent but he's turned them down because of his ambition to play for us.

"He has won over 50 caps and has a fantastic pedigree. He can play as an attacking or holding midfielder."

Vayrynen looked set to join Derby in 2007 when they had a bid accepted by PSV Eindhoven but an injury scuppered that deal.

He is the second Finland international to join United in less than a week, following the recruitment of striker Mikael Forssell.