Leeds United’s chase for a new goalkeeper could be reaching a conclusion as Kristoffer Klaesson applies for a work permit to move to England.
Kiko Casilla has been shipped out on loan to Elche in La Liga and it leaves a hole in Leeds’ squad that needs filling before the start of the season.
By the looks of it, the club are opting down a similar route as when they recruited Illan Meslier to be the Spaniard’s backup back in 2019.
Originally reported by the YEP, Leeds have set their sights on Norway goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, currently starting in goal for Valerenga.
His performances at 20-years-old have been largely impressive despite a very shaky defence in front of him, and he’s someone who’s shown great potential so far in his career.
Now, it would appear that he is nearing a move to Elland Road after claims from journalist Jonas Adnan Giæver that a deal is ‘close’ while Klaesson has applied for a work permit to move to England:
This is the strongest indication yet that he’s on his way to Leeds imminently.
It’s a great signing for the long-term side of the goalkeeping situation, but you could argue where the experience is going to come from.
Illan Meslier is only going to get better as he progresses, but there’s a case to be made about him still benefitting from an older mentor.
That being said, I’m happy with us signing Klaesson as backup, given that he’s clearly a very talented player and competent backup.