Leeds aim to complete new signing ‘next week’ after bid accepted

Date published: Friday 23rd July 2021 6:23 - James Holland

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Leeds United are hopeful of signing keeper Kristoffer Klaesson as early as next week, according to reports.

The Whites are searching for a new shot-stopper after allowing Kiko Casilla to join Spanish side Elche on a season-long loan deal.

Young Frenchman Illan Meslier remains the club’s number one, which means Klaesson will likely act as backup.

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The Daily Mail states that Leeds chief Victor Orta has already spoken with the Valerenga man about a switch to Elland Road.

They’ve had a bid accepted for the 20-year-old and now need to agree personal terms.

The transfer is also dependent on a work permit, which Leeds have applied for.

It remains to be seen how much Leeds will spend on the keeper’s services.

He’s made 57 senior appearances for his boyhood side, despite being just 20 years old.

The signing will show Marcelo Bielsa’s continued trust in young keepers.

Meslier was signed from Lorient while still a teenager but has since become a top performer in the Premier League.

In 2020/21, he kept 11 clean sheets in 35 matches as Leeds finished ninth on their top flight return.

Klaesson will know about Meslier’s success and could be given the chance to impress if his competitor gets injured.

The Klaesson deal isn’t the only transfer Leeds are pursuing.

They’re hoping to bring in Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher on loan to bolster their midfield.

He appeared to be comfortable competing in the Prem last season during a loan spell at West Brom.

However, he couldn’t prevent the Baggies from being relegated on just 26 points.

Leeds have secured the signing of promising midfielder Lewis Bate from Chelsea.

The 18-year-old joined for a £1.5m fee after deciding to reject a contract extension from the Champions League winners.

Speaking after the move, Bate said: “It’s a great feeling.

“I’m delighted to have finally signed, it’s taken its time but I am glad to be here now.

“It’s a huge club with a big fan base that is wanting to succeed.”

When asked about his strengths, the Englishman added: “I am fast, as in how quick I think when the ball comes to me.

“I am a good passer I would say, and I like to get stuck in to put other teams under pressure.

“The way Leeds play on the ball is sharp, looking to get the ball forward as quickly as possible, and teams can’t handle that.”


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