Noel HuntQuite possibly the worst kept secret since Paddy Kenny arrived last summer, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has confirmed that Noel Hunt’s not-in-the-least-bit-surprising transfer to Leeds United is now a done deal, subject to the usual formalities (medical, paperwork etc.) and official confirmation.

30 year-old Hunt knows McDermott well from his time at Reading where he made 162 appearances over 5 years, scoring 39 goals.

The Irish striker/winger started his career in Ireland before he moved to the Scottish Premier League spending six years at Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United.

Arriving at Reading for a fee of £600,000 in the summer of 2008, Hunt has made over 130 appearances at Championship level and was a key part of Brian McDermott’s Championship winning side in 2012.

Following their promotion success, Hunt retained a semi-regular position in Reading’s Premier League side making 30 appearances last season and contributing six goals.

Hunt becomes Brian McDermott’s third signing of the summer following the arrival of Matt Smith from Oldham Athletic and Luke Murphy from Crewe Alexandra.

Update: The deal has now been confirmed by Leeds United.