By Craig Scott

23rd Jul, 2021 | 11:09am

Kristoffer Klaesson due to undergo Leeds United medical

Leeds United are on the verge of signing Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Writing on The Athletic website, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter said that Klaesson, 20, is set to jet into England next week to undergo a medical with the Whites.

It is understood that Leeds have been in talks with Klaesson for the last two weeks and Victor Orta had flown out to Oslo to hold talks with the Norway Under-21s goalkeeper, who’s set to accept Whites’ offer.

Potential work permit issues?

As Klaesson is only 20-years-old and yet to be capped by the senior Norway team, it could be difficult for the youngster to get a work permit to play in the UK.

Hay wrote on The Athletic website: “A change to English rules in the aftermath of Brexit required United to submit an application for a permit to a FIFA panel.”

It is understood that the transfer is subject to that work permit too, so it’s by no means a done deal just yet.

Leeds could make a good case upon an appeal though.

Klaesson has been called up to the Norway national squad and should get a debut cap for them sooner rather than later.

He’s also set to be Leeds’ second-choice goalkeeper next season, which means he’ll be in the first-team every week.

The Norwegian is also likely to play several matches in the cups – as long as Leeds don’t get knocked out early every year, which has become an annoying habit under Bielsa.

We have high hopes that a deal will be completed because at the end of the day, why would Orta waste so much time on signing someone he knows he cannot get a work permit for?

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