Leeds United are looking to hijack West Ham’s move for towering Danish centre-back Frederik Alves, after the defender was reported to have agreed personal terms with the east London club.
Danish outlet BT has claimed that Division 1 club Silkeborg had said they were close to announcing the player’s sale a week and a half ago.
However, the BT report now claims that other clubs, including Leeds, are still hoping to sign the player.
They claim Leeds are ‘still in the picture’ after tabling a bid in the summer that was rejected.
Russian club FK Rostov and Dinamo Zagreb are also interested in the 20-year-old Denmark Under-21 international.
BT claims that although the player can’t move until January, the deal is expected to be announced this week.
Leeds still stretched at the back
Leeds United signed Robin Koch and Diego Llorente over the summer window and that’s given them more depth at the back.
However, they’ve already been stretched there after being rocked by injuries to Liam Cooper and Llorente in the same international break.
What’s more, an injury to Kalvin Phillips will see Pascal Struijk move up to the holding midfield spot on Friday in the game against Aston Villa.
If Cooper is ruled out it means that Bielsa will have to resort to shuffling Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas around, which is what the centre-back signings were meant to avoid.
20-year-old Alves could well be for the Under-23s initially while adding even more depth to the Leeds squad.
The towering 6ft 3in player has already played 48 first-team games for Silkeborg.
The Bold report claimed that negotiations with West Ham were proving difficult because of Brexit. And West Ham have already shown they’re not good at getting deals over the line after a protracted saga for Said Benrahama was only just solved ahead of the summer deadline.
Given it’s been 10 days since they were supposedly on the brink of signing Alves, Leeds could still have a realistic shot of signing the centre-back.
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