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Leeds United: Whites make progress in Leo Hjelde pursuit

Leeds United: Whites make progress in Leo Hjelde pursuit -Leeds United Transfer Rumours

Leeds United have made progress in their efforts to sign Celtic central defender Leo Hjelde, following weeks of deadlock within negotiations [Yorkshire Evening Post].

The Lowdown: Leeds United gear up for the 2021/22 Premier League season

With the 2021/22 Premier League campaign set to get underway later this week, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa will be desperate to strengthen in key areas to bolster his already talented roster.

Prioritising quality over quantity, the Argentinian has successfully acquired three additions in the form of Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison and Kristoffer Klaesson [Transfermarkt].

Now, the Elland Road hierarchy look to have moved closer to sealing another summer signing according to recent reports.

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The Latest: Leeds United make breakthrough in Hjelde pursuit

Leeds are said to have moved closer to acquiring the Norway Under-18 international, who would join the Under-23 set-up [Yorkshire Evening Post].

Talks with Scottish giants Celtic had previously ground to a halt, however, a breakthrough in discussions has now emerged, bringing the two clubs closer to an agreement.

Hjelde could be a prospective replacement for ex-Whites talent Oliver Casey, who departed for Sky Bet Championship side Blackpool earlier this window.

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The Verdict: Hjelde would be a low-risk signing for Leeds United

Providing long-term value and plenty room for development, Hjelde would be a low risk buy for Leeds United who has proven his ability to function within a high-octane footballing environment.

In 2020/21, the 17-year-old gained senior experience on loan at Scottish Premiership side Ross County, registering a solitary goal from 12 appearances in all competitions [Transfermarkt].

Despite his youth, the 6 foot 2 ace showed his awareness to dangerous situations across the year, recording an average of 3.3 clearances per game across the season [WhoScored].

Once likened to 2019 Ballon d’Or runner up Virgil van Dijk by former manager John Hughes, he certainly looks like a player who could blossom under a manager like Bielsa [BBC].

In other news, a Leeds United star has been backed to recapture his best form in 2021/22.


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