'Deal done' - Millwall, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers beaten to £4m Leeds United man

The defender has left Elland Road.The defender has left Elland Road.
The defender has left Elland Road. | Getty Images
The former Leeds United man spent the 2022/23 season on loan at Millwall in the Championship.

Millwall will not be reunited with Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell  this summer with the 21-year-old completing a move to Ligue 1 side Toulouse.

The centre-back had spent the 2022/23 campaign on loan with the Lions, making 30 appearances for the club and bagging an impressive five goals from defence. He returned to the Whites last summer following the club's relegation from the Premier League but struggled to make an impact under Daniel Farke, making just seven first team appearances.

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As a result, Cresswell has been widely expected to quit Elland Road this summer with several Championship clubs interested in the player, who is a product of the Leeds United academy. The Real EFL report that Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and newly-promoted Ipswich Town were all monitoring the defender's situation.

Millwall were also named as a potential suitor. Neil Harris is in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer after Japhet Tanganga's loan spell at The Den expired at the end of the campaign - Millwall are looking to bring the former Tottenham Hotspur man in on a permanent basis but there is yet to be confirmation of a breakthrough in negotiations.

Toulouse have now confirmed the signing of Cresswell for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be around the £4 million mark.

Charlie Cresswell has joined Toulouse.Charlie Cresswell has joined Toulouse.
Charlie Cresswell has joined Toulouse.

Speaking to the Toulouse website after joining the French outfit, Cresswell said: "I felt wanted by the club, which had really pushed to sign me. They gave me belief that I can become an important part of the project here. It's a very ambitious club, which really excites me.

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"It's a risk to quit the Championship but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. There aren't a lot of English players that leave to play abroad but I wanted to test myself and improve all areas of my game. It's a real challenge but it's exciting."

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