By David Woods

18th Aug, 2020 | 6:37am

Leeds set sights on signing 24y/o midfielder into his last year of contract – report

The latest name to be linked with a move to Leeds United is Molde midfielder Fredrik Aursnes. 

That’s the claim from The Sun, who are breaking a lot of Leeds stories all of a sudden.

It’s said that the 24-year-old midfielder, who was signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2016 and is out of contract next summer, would cost £5m

Aursnes has been a regular for Molde since he signed, making 148 appearances for the Norweigian club, scoring 18 goals and adding 22 assists.

£5m for Aursnes? Nor-way

Aursnes has played the majority of his games in the defensive midfield position that Kalvin Phillips has made his own.

That’s not a position that Leeds are prioritising this summer, although Aursnes can also play in central midfielder and right midfield.

Cover across those positions is needed, with Adam Forshaw’s status unknown after a very lengthy lay-off.

Solskjaer praised Aursnes after he’d signed him, calling the then-20-year-old a “leader” after one of his first games for the club. [Aftenposten]

However, despite starring for the Norway Under-21 side, he hasn’t progressed through to win a senior cap for his country.

Given that, £5m seems like an awful lot of money for a player who has never played outside Norway. Maybe around half that would be closer to the mark.

His strengths are listed as passing and set-pieces by WhoScored, but they said he’s weak on tackling and aerial duels.

We’re not convinced that he would add any more to the squad than we’ve already got in those positions.

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