The Athletic claim that Norwegian goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson will fly to Yorkshire next week ahead of a £1.6million move to Leeds United. The young goalkeeper was one of three that could replace Kiko Casilla. Now, it appears Klaesson is the pick of the bunch and will soon sign on.
Klaesson, 20, has impressed in his early days with boyhood club Valerenga. Breaking into the senior side, he has now clocked up 56 senior appearances – keeping 13 clean sheets in that time and conceding 80 goals. But it is his ability to stop shots and play out from the back that has caught Leeds eye.
The Yorkshire Evening Post initially reported this month that Klaesson was one of three goalkeepers on the Casilla replacement shortlist. Freddie Woodman of Newcastle and Levante’s Dani Cardenas were also options, as Casilla joined Elche on loan. Then, Orta reportedly appeared in Oslo.
What is the latest update as Leeds close in on Klaesson?
That was according to Nettavisen. They say Orta was spotted in a restaurant with Klaesson, ahead of a £1.6million move. Now, that move is coming to fruition. Phil Hay, the king of the crop when it comes to reliability, says Klaesson will fly to England next week to undergo a medical.
It is another example of a brilliant bit of business by Orta. Getting rid of one of the club’s highest earners in Casilla, potentially permanently, Leeds have brought in a cheap replacement – with wages likely to much smaller. Even in the Premier League, Leeds are still looking to save money.
Leeds have already got deals over the line for Junior Firpo, Amari Miller, Sean McGurk, Jack Harrison and Lewis Bate.