Leeds have bid accepted for long-term goalkeeper target

Jason Soutar
kristoffer klaesson
kristoffer klaesson

Leeds United are reportedly close to the signing of Kristoffer Klaesson from Norweigian outfit Valerenga after having a bid accepted for the goalkeeper.

The Whites are on the search for a new shot-stopper after allowing Kiko Casilla to join Spanish outfit Elche on loan.

Casilla was the club’s number one for much of their promotion campaign but was banned in February last year for racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.

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Leeds signed Illan Meslier from Lorient five months later, with the 21-year-old going on to establish himself as Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice keeper.

Klaesson has been shortlisted by the club’s director of football Victor Orta for a while with a back-up ‘keeper being a top priority this summer.

Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman and Levante star Dani Cardenas have also been linked with a move to Elland Road.

However, according to Football Insider, Leeds have had a bid accepted for the 20-year-old.

Furthermore, the Yorkshire club are said to have already applied for a work permit for Klaesson.

Elsewhere, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Bielsa is a “world-class” manager that “needs” to move to a big club.

“He needs to be at a big club Bielsa, doesn’t he? He needs to be at a club like Barcelona let’s be honest,” O’Hara told TalkSPORT.

“Spurs are a bigger club than Leeds… it would be a step up. Jose Mourinho’s not going to go and be Leeds manager, is he?

“I’m not saying Leeds aren’t a big club and I’m not saying Bielsa needs to leave, I’m saying he should be at a club like Barcelona. He’s a great manager and Leeds are very lucky to have him.

“I’d love him at Spurs but he’s never going to leave Leeds to go to Spurs. Not enough ambition at Spurs.

“He’s a world-class manager.

“I think he has a sort of love affair with that club, the town and the fans. They all love him and I think he loves them.

“But if someone like Barcelona, Real Madrid or PSG come knocking, I’m sorry, you’re not staying at Leeds United, you’re going.”