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Leeds: Whites eye up move for Kristoffer Klaesson

Leeds: Whites eye up move for Kristoffer Klaesson - Leeds United

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing emerging Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson in the summer transfer window.

The Lowdown: Casilla set for Leeds exit

Illan Meslier was the Whites’ undisputed first-choice ‘keeper last season, with the young Frenchman continuing to go from strength to strength.

Meanwhile, veteran stopper Kiko Casilla had to largely watch on from the sidelines, making just three starts in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old has now sealed a season-long loan move for Spanish side Elche, meaning Marcelo Bielsa has to look for a replacement.

The Latest: Whites line up Klaesson move

According to Nettavisen [via Sport Witness], Leeds are keen on signing 20-year-old Klaesson, who has already made 55 appearances for Valerenga.

You won’t often find Premier League teams shopping in the Norwegian Eliteserien, but the Whites are believed to have ‘shown interest’ over a ‘long period of time’, with an offer set to arrive in the near future.

While he is certainly not a household name, it is clear Victor Orta and co like what they see.

The Verdict: Ideal Meslier backup

Klaesson looks a ‘keeper of great potential and he could be the ideal man to come in and act as Meslier’s deputy at Elland Road, given how many senior games he has already played at such a young age.

The Norwegian is still inexperienced in a top level league, but he can grow by working alongside Leeds’ No.1 and Bielsa, potentially filling in during domestic cup competitions next season.

It could even be that Klaesson is considered a future replacement for Meslier – as much as fans won’t like it, if the French starlet considers his drastic improvement from season to season he could have plenty of suitors in the coming years.

In other news, Leeds are believed to be interested in signing a Premier League attacker this summer. Find out who it is here.


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