By Jack Cunningham

23rd Jul, 2021 | 6:10pm

Leeds United have agreed a fee with Valerenga for Kristoffer Klaesson

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Kristoffer Klaesson after they agreed to pay Valerenga £1.6million, according to David Anderson.

The Daily Mirror’s northern football correspondent claimed that the Whites would sign the 20-year-old “next week” after the two clubs reached an agreement on price. He also states that the Whites have “made an approach” for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher to take him on loan.

Leeds only just completed the signing of Lewis Bate, but it looks like the Whites’ recruitment drive is in full force, and Klaesson could be the latest addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

Do Leeds need another goalkeeper?

Now that Kiko Casilla has been shipped out on loan, the Whites have been left with Illan Meslier and Elia Caprile, so it makes sense for them to sign another goalkeeper.

They did try to sign Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman, but he rejected the offer [Football Insider]. However, Leeds didn’t hang around and have acted quickly to try and sign Klaesson.

The 20-year-old made 14 appearances for Valerenga last season and was identified by Victor Orta as the man he wanted to bring to Elland Road.

There could be a problem with the Norwegian’s work permit because of Brexit, but the Whites might be able to get an exception that would allow them to sign Klaesson without him reaching the required 15 points [Leeds Live].

We will have to see what happens there, but you would have to think that the Whites wouldn’t have gone through all this trouble if they weren’t confident they could get Klaesson a work permit.

So we will have to see what happens, but for now, the Whites have agreed a fee, and it appears as if they are closing in on signing another goalkeeper.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are behind another Premier League team in the race for English central midfielder.