The Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed that Leeds are looking to raid Celtic for talented 17-year-old Leo Hjelde. The left-back is considered one of the brightest talents in the Celtic ranks, and even impressed during a loan at Ross County last season. Now, Leeds want to add him to the Under-23’s.

Mark Jackson guided the 23’s to promotion in the club’s first season in Premier League 2’s second tier. Now, the Whites will be competing with the cream of the crop when it comes to under-23 teams. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham are all opponents next season.

While Leeds cruised to promotion with their current 23’s and a number of first-teamers helping out – additions are needed. Norway Under-18 man Hjelde is a target, having previously been linked with the Whites. Ross County manager John Hughes said Leeds tried to sign in January.

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What do we know about Leeds target Celtic star Hjelde?

Now, the Whites are back in for Hjelde. They want the Celtic teen who played 12 times for Ross County during the second half of last season. He played left-back, left wing and centre-back – 11 of which came in the league. He is about to enter the last 12 months of his contract at Celtic.

It is also claimed that Leeds want to bring in three or four players to bolster the Under-23 side’s ranks. Hjelde could be a replacement for Olly Casey, who is expected to complete a permanent move to Blackpool.

Hjelde could replace Casey (above), who is off to Blackpool.
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