Leeds United have agreed a deal with Celtic for defender Leo Hjelde, according to journalist Stian Andre de Wahl.
The Lowdown: Hjelde’s Celtic career
Hjelde arrived at Celtic Park in 2019 on a three-year deal from Rosenborg.
The Norwegian, described as ‘composed’ by Callum Morris, is yet to make a senior appearance for the Hoops but has some Scottish Premiership experience after going out on loan to Ross County last season.
Leeds were monitoring Hjelde before his loan move to Ross County, and it seems as if an Elland Road switch may now go through.
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The Latest: Price agreed
According to Andre de Wahl, the Whites and the Hoops have agreed on a price for Hjelde.
Personal terms have already been agreed, so all that appears to be in the way over a move to Yorkshire is passing a medical.
Football Insider were informed by a Leeds source on Thursday that a medical has been booked for Hjelde.
The Verdict: Not ideal
Former Ross County manager John Hughes tipped Hjelde to become ‘the next Virgil van Dijk’, so a Parkhead exit could be a blow in the long run.
Celtic appear to be building for the future with summer signings Liel Abada, Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide all under 21 years of age, so Hjelde could have been in the club’s plans for the future.
However, it seems as if he may not be around at Parkhead for much longer, so it’ll be interesting to see if Celtic look to replace the 17-year-old before the end of the window.
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