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Leeds and Huddersfield Set to Battle for Sverrir Ingason

The Iceland International is on the radar for both Yorkshire Clubs

Republic of Ireland v Iceland - International Friendly Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Sverrir Ingason may take part in the West Yorkshire Derby without playing for either side. According to The Sun, both Leeds United and soon to be relegated Huddersfield Town have an interest in the 23-year-old centre-back. The Kópavogur native joined La Liga side Granada last January on a three-and-a-half-year deal. However, Ingason’s contract has a £2m release clause, and the Whites and the Puppies are both keen on triggering it.

Ingason started playing football at the age of four, joining his local club Breiðablik. Blikar has a good history in producing talent with the likes of (now American) Aron Jóhannsson, Alfreð Finnbogason, and Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson all coming through the same academy. The trio plays for Werder Bremen, FC Augsburg, and Burnley respectively. After Ingason turned 18 he began playing for Breiðablik’s feeder club Augnablik, and it was apparent very early on that he had talent. A year later he was voted Breiðablik’s most promising player and was voted to the Team of the Year a year later in 2013/14

Iceland v Austria - Group F: UEFA Euro 2016
Blue would look good on Ignason for club as well as country
Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

.In January 2014 Ingason joined Norwegian club Viking FK, who had four other Icelandic players in the squad. Right away, Ingason made his presence felt within the club. He would go on to start every game at centre-back alongside fellow Icelander Indriði Sigurdsson. In his first season, Ingason was voted Viking FK’s best player. Following a year with the club, Sverrir Ingason would join Belgian club Lokeren. He spent two years with the Tricolores before jumping ship to La Liga side Granada last January. Unfortunately for El Graná, they could not avoid relegation. And now, just six months after signing a contract that would keep him at Granada until 2020, Ingason could make the jump to English football for only £2m.

Finally! A transfer rumor for a defender I can get behind. There is so much to like here in Ingason, starting with the fact that he’s not Ard van Peppen. Ingason’s Iceland squad stole our hearts during the 2016 Euros, and he can continue being fun to watch as he develops his game alongside Pontus Jansson. Sidenote- who wouldn't love a pairing of Vikings at centre-back? Not to mention our glaring hole at CB, Jansson and Ignason would be a lot of fun to watch on the same pitch, for the same team. Let’s just hope he doesn't join Huddersfield.

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