Warnock makes Elland Road switch
Stephen Warnock has swapped the Barclays Premier League for the npower Championship by moving to Leeds from Aston Villa.
The 31-year-old former England full-back has fallen out of favour with Villa boss Paul Lambert and had been a target of West Ham.
Leeds are the club he has chosen, though, with manager Neil Warnock offering the former Liverpool man a two-and-a-half-year deal.
"He is a former international who, for whatever reason, has been allowed to leave Aston Villa," Neil Warnock said.
"He is a player I have tried to sign a few times before and I'm pleased he turned down West Ham to come here."
The ex-Blackburn and Bolton man is Leeds' second signing of the day following on from the arrival of striker Steve Morison, who headed north as part of the deal that took Luciano Becchio to Norwich.
Stephen Warnock has not played for Villa since Lambert took over last summer and had a loan spell with Bolton last year.
He gave a nod to the difficulty of his circumstances at Villa Park, but stopped short of criticising Lambert.
"The situation I was in wasn't great. I've not been in and around the first team - I've been with the reserves and I don't want to criticise," he said.
On snubbing West Ham, he added: "I was on my way there but Leeds made an effort to sign me and make me feel wanted."