Leeds United look set to hijack West Ham United’s move for Danish centre-back Frederik Alves, according to Danish outlet BT.
Whilst the summer transfer window is now closed, Marcelo Bielsa is already turning towards possible arrivals in January. Recent injury problems to Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk have left the Argentine coach short on options, with under-23 duo Charlie Cresswell and Ollie Casey next in line to feature.
Whilst the aforementioned trio are expected to have short spells out through injury, a link to Alves is now starting to develop as the Whites push West Ham with their interest in the Danish defender.
Leeds ready to hijack Hammers’ £1.2m move
BT have opened up on the defender’s future, claiming his current club Silkeborg have said that the player’s sale is set to be announced. West Ham were said to be the team to have agreed a move for the 20-year-old, with Bold claiming that personal terms and a transfer fee of £1.2m had been agreed.
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However, it now seems that is not the case as Leeds remain hopeful they can agree a deal to bring the defender to Elland Road in January. The 20-year-old has also gained interest from Russian side FK Rostov and Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.
A good decision from Leeds to attempt the signing of Alves
With the recent injuries to the likes of Cooper, Llorente and Struijk, Leeds certainly appear very threadbare in the defensive department.
Bielsa has been keen to hand young players a chance in the first team in the past, so Cresswell or Casey could be given a chance, but moving for a new centre-back could still be worthwhile.
Alves is seemingly a good option given that West Ham have been linked and almost sealed a deal. Let the battle begin.
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