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Graham Smyth: Outgoing interest to spark Leeds United into late move for possible fifth January signing

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Leeds United goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson has been subject to loan interest this month, and his exit could trigger the club to replace him with a new signing.

Leeds’ final days of the transfer market are likely to be spent looking to sign a new midfielder before the window shuts, but there are several loose ends that still need to be tied up.

Joel Robles’ arrival to provide backup to Illan Meslier has meant that Kristoffer Klaesson’s chances of getting game time have been severely reduced of late.

The chances of Klaesson getting first team football appear very slim at Elland Road right now, knowing that he’s currently third in the pecking order, and of a similar age to Meslier at 22.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth has now reported that with the window nearing the latter stages this week, there is still some chance that the Norwegian youth international could leave the club on a temporary basis.

Interest in the the stopper is something that he will have to take into consideration before the window shuts, but it is expected to force Leeds into the market for a swift replacement, as Smyth writes:

“There has been loan interest in goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson and if he was to go elsewhere then Leeds might look to add another young goalkeeper.”

A player that could be on the radar for Leeds is Club Brugge goalkeeper Senne Lammens, who was revealed by Tomas Taecke earlier in the window to be of interest to Leeds, with the player also following the club and Meslier on social media.

A goalkeeper would come as a potential fifth signing of the January window, should Leeds land Weston McKennie (or any other midfielder) as they start to push on key targets, while also nearing the signing of Diogo Monteiro from Servette for the under-21s too.

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Klaesson needs to secure a loan move, because another season of under-21 football where Leeds are largely dominating games is not going to do much for him.

At 22, he’s at an age where he needs to be playing senior football, and he’s more than capable of doing so.

He’s a talented young goalkeeper and it’s about time we allowed him the chance to go out and show that with a loan move.

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