Kirchoff and Garner first to arrive at Elland Road
Uwe Rösler has completed his first two signings of the season today, as Bayern Munich's Jan Kirchoff and Preston North End's Joe Garner arrive at Elland Road for a combined fee of £3.8m.
The news of the 18-time German Under 21 international's arrival at Elland Road was first emanated by the Yorkshire Evening Post's chief sports writer Phil Hay on Twitter. He indicated on his Twitter account that Leeds United officials including new backroom arrivals Stuart Hayton, the new secretary and new chief scout Martyn Glover were part of the party that flew over to Munich to discuss a potential deal for the 24-year-old centre-back.
The negotiations were successful and the German took part in his first training session in late June, before the transfer window had started in England, so technically before his official arrival. He was welcomed by his manager, who is a fellow German in Uwe Rösler. He will be fit to be part of the squad travelling to Austria in early July for a pre-season tour including Wolfsberger AC, LASK Linz and SV Mattersburg.
The 6'5" Frankfurtian joins the club until summer 2018 unless his contract is renewed earlier than said expiration date. He appears to be earning around £18,000 per week at the West Yorkshire side and early estimates imply that Leeds paid the Bundesliga champions £1,900,000 for Kirchoff's services.
Joe Garner comes from much more familiar surroundings, though. He began his professional career at Blackburn before adventuring through the Football League, joining Carlisle, Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe, Huddersfield, Watford and then his previous club Preston. He racked up a combined fee of £1.45m before his move to Elland Road this summer.
His form has disappeared in different stages throughout his career though, with his 14 goals at Carlisle, but then failing to continue this feit at The County Ground, then at Scunthorpe and Huddersfield. His time at Watford was drastic though. He scored one goal in 22 games for the Hornets, a shocking turnout.
But then Preston came in with a bid following his release from Watford in 2012. He failed to score a single league goal in his first season, but then he burst into action in the 2013/14 season. He netted 18 league goals in 35 appearances for Preston that season as he led the Lilywhites to a 5th placed finish in League One.
Then last season he had his most successful season to date, putting 22 goals in the net in 39 games in all competitions. He scored in the Play-Off Final last season against Doncaster Rovers, cancelling out Andy Butler's 12th minute goal to make it 1-1. The game went to penalties as Simon Grayson's men kept their composure and sent Preston into the Championship. It wouldn't have been possible without Garner, though.
Simon Grayson was probably more than happy to sell Garner to Leeds than anyone else though. Grayson supported Leeds ever since he was a young boy. He knew that a chance at Leeds only comes round once, and that Garner should seize the opportunity.
Garner signs for Leeds until 2017, as he is 27 years old Leeds must be careful about how much form they will get out of the striker. He is undoubtedly at his peak right now, but as soon as his form declines, Leeds must get rid for the highest fee they can. They bring Garner to Elland Road for a fee of £1.9m, and are paying him almost £10,000 more than Preston did as he earns £15,250 per week in West Yorkshire as opposed to his £6,000 per week at Deepdale.