By Craig Scott

23rd Jul, 2021 | 2:40pm

Leeds United have agreement in principle to sign Kristoffer Klaesson

Leeds United have reached an agreement in principle to sign Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, according to Stian Andre de Wahl.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Friday, the Nettavisen journalist reported that “following negotiations since last week”, Leeds have met Valerenga’s demands with the deal now subject to a medical, work permit application to the FA’s exemption panel and the 20-year-old’s signature.

On the Nettavisen website, it was also reported that “Valerenga have secured several options and clauses in the agreement with Leeds”, meaning that could continue to profit from the Norway Under-21 international’s exit in the future.

Deal close

It has not taken Victor Orta long to find Marcelo Bielsa a new goalkeeper.

Last week, Kiko Casilla left Elland Road to join Spanish club Elche on a season-long loan and now, he’s set to be replaced by one of the most promising goalkeepers in Norway.

Klaesson is only 20-years-old but already has plenty of experience to his name having become Valerenga’s number one goalkeeper while a teenager.

He’s played over 50 times in Norway’s top-flight and on Thursday this week, he played in the Europa Conference League.

Unfortunately for Klaesson, he conceded four goals as Valerenga were beaten 4-0 away against Belgian side Gent. He also conceded three goals last weekend in a 3-1 defeat to Haugesund in the league.

It does not look great that he’s conceded seven goals in his last two appearances in the last week but ultimately, Klaesson is someone who will continue to develop while playing as Leeds’ number two.

He’ll probably get game-time in the cups and will slot in to replace Illan Meslier in the Premier League every now and then.

Overall, it’s a good deal and we’d expect Klaesson to get his work permit upon appeal and also get a first senior cap for Norway soon.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are also in talks to sign this outfield ace for the first team.