By Craig Scott

22nd Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Leeds United close to signing Kristoffer Klaesson, application made for work permit

Leeds United are on the verge of reaching an agreement to sign Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, according to Norwegian journalist Jonas Adnan Giæver.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, the Dagbladet reporter said that the 20-year-old Norway Under-21 international has applied for a work permit ahead of a move to Elland Road.

It is understood that Leeds and Klaesson expect the UK work permit to be approved.

Giæver said: “I am informed that the agreement between Leeds and Vålerenga is ‘close’ as far as Kristoffer Klaesson is concerned. So close that the goalkeeper has applied for a work permit, and one expects to get it through. Must probably expect this one to go into the box soon.

In another tweet, he added: “Leeds have had several goalkeepers up for consideration, but should have agreed that Klaesson is the one who ticks the boxes they want.

“He has to go through some kind of assessment to get a residence permit, but it is not expected that this will be an obstacle, from what I hear.”

Our new No 2

There’s no doubt that we’re going to see plenty of Klaesson next season.

We’ll mostly see him on the bench and warming up ahead of matches with Illan Meslier but still, Klaesson will be in every matchday squad as long as he’s fit.

The Norwegian shot-stopper is also likely to get game-time in cup matches – so let’s hope we don’t get knocked out as soon as we enter the Carabao Cup or FA Cup next season.

Marcelo Bielsa could hand Klaesson the odd league appearance too because at the end of the day, he’s someone who will need game-time in order to prevent his development from being stifled.

Meslier was in superb form for the Whites last season and showed that it was absolutely the correct decision for Kiko Casilla to drop down to the number two spot.

Casilla’s loan exit to Elche has now opened up an opportunity for Klaesson to leave Norway and head to the Premier League.

He may be young but he does have over 50 senior appearances for Valerenga and, as it stands, he’s set to play in the Europa Conference League against Gent on Thursday night.

It will be interesting to see how he gets on – if he plays, of course.

In other Leeds United news, this player has been blocked from talking to the media ahead of signing for the Whites.