Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Borussia Dortmund are also in the race to sign Lecce captain Morten Hjulmand this month – with Leeds one of three Premier League clubs said to be interested.

Hjulmand, 23, has clocked up 17 appearances this season for Lecce in Serie A. The Dane is wearing the armband as he looks to help his side avoid relegation. He initially joined the club January 2021, clocking up 77 games for the Italians.

He even helped Lecce gain promotion last season. Hjulmand is now in the last 18 months of his contract. Initially, it was Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Southampton tabled a £9.6million bid for Hjulmand. But Lecce are said to want more.

Then, Rudy Galetti said Leeds and Forest are also keen. A prior report from Gazzetta says Lecce actually want around £18million for Hjulmand. Now, a new report from the newspaper says Roma and Dortmund are in the race to sign him.

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Mourinho and Dortmund also in Hjulmand race with Leeds interested

Hjulmand is just what Leeds need. A no.6 to go alongside Tyler Adams. Matt Kilgallon was critical of Marc Roca for his performance against Brentford – claiming the Spanish star does not look like himself at the current moment in time.

Leeds could do with an enforcer either alongside Adams, or cover for the USA skipper. Hjulmand is certainly that, but he also boasts a bit of creativity about him. This term, he has four assists in 17 Serie A games – and eight in 77 games.

While he is pricey to a degree at £18m, he is still young – but, experienced. Called up by Denmark without winning a cap, Hjulmand won his 150th club appearance on Saturday. So, Leeds could do with the star, but the race is hotting up.

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