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Leeds United complete signing of Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde

The Whites snap-up another young prospect.

Celtic vs Preston
Leo Hjelde features for Celtic in a friendly against Preston earlier this summer.
Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images

Leeds United have signed Leo Hjelde from Celtic in a deal worth £1 million, having just turned 18-years-old this week.

The former Ross County loanee signs on a four-year deal, having made nine senior appearances for the Staggies last season, scoring one goal.

The Norway under-21 international can play as a centre-back or left-back, with two caps and one goal currently to his name. Clips from his time at Ross County show a tall, quick defender who is excellent at using his body to get ahead of his man.

In his first interview, Hjelde said:

“I’m really delighted to sign for this massive club,

I feel like Leeds is the right club for me because I really like the way they play. I think they’ve got the best manager in the world right now.“

The youngster will initially link up with the Leeds under-23s, with a partnership with Charlie Cresswell imminent in The Premier League 2.