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Leeds United close in on Kristoffer Klaesson deal worth £1.6 million

The Whites are set to replace Kiko Casilla with an exciting young talent from Norway.

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Norway v Republic of Ireland - 2019 UEFA European U19 Championships Group B
Kristoffer Klaesson in action for Norway under-19s at the European Championships.
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Leeds United are close to completing a move for Vaalerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson in a move worth £1.6 million.

The 20-year-old has been Vaalerenga’s number one for the past three years, making 57 appearances, conceding 80 goals and keeping 13 clean sheets. This level of experience in a 20-year-old is rare and stands the youngster in good stead to develop further under Marcelo Bielsa.

The Athletic have revealed that Klaesson is due to fly to England next week for a medical as the clubs look to finalise the deal in good time, but the transfer is subject to securing a work permit for Klaesson, which could get in the way of a swift conclusion to the deal if it can be done at all due to new Brexit laws for international transfers.

Klaesson will provide cover and competition for Illan Meslier who hugely impressed in The Premier League last season as he too is breaking through into regular football in his early twenties.