By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jul, 2021 | 9:40pm

Leeds could make appeal on exceptional circumstances to grant Kristoffer Klaesson work permit

Leeds United signing goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson could be held up due to work permit issues, but there is a way to navigate around that problem.

The Whites are closing in signing the Valerenga keeper [The Athletic] after Kiko Casilla left for Elche – leaving them in dire need of a new number two.

LeedsLive reporter Joe Donnohue details, via a thread share on his personal Twitter account, how Leeds could look to secure his work permit and complete his signing.

Leeds could make the case of him showing significant potential as a young player which would mean that he wouldn’t have to have a certain number of international appearances under his belt.

Alternatively, he could qualify under ‘exceptional circumstances’ as he was in line to play for the senior Norway team, but had to withdraw from the squad due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Major relief

With the new rules, signing uncapped youngsters from overseas is going to be a tedious affair as we can see here with the Klaesson one.

He needs 15 points in the new system to qualify for a work permit. If he doesn’t fulfil the criteria, as he’s unlikely to now, Leeds can appeal if he has 10 or more points.

Earlier, things were pretty streamlined and players did not require a particular number of points that varied on transfer fees, salaries, number of international caps, etc.

However, as Donnohue explains in great detail, we should be able to get this one over the line without too much difficulty.

He’s a highly-rated goalkeeper who’s getting better with the ball at his feet, and could learn the ropes at Thorp Arch within no time.

We’re expecting to see him play in the cup games and hopefully a number of pre-season ones to get an idea as to whether or not he’s the right fit for us in terms of playing out from the back and being a vocal presence in organising the side.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds in talks to sign ‘Excellent’ attacking mid with 14 G+A last season – reliable journalist