Leeds United to seal Leo Hjelde signing from Celtic in coming days
Leeds United have agreed a “significant fee” to sign Norwegian teenager Leo Hjedle from Celtic, according to the Scottish Sun.
The newspaper reports that Hjelde, 17, is set to sign a long-term deal at Elland Road and join up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23s squad.
It is understood that the defender, who can play as a centre-back or left-back, will sign for the Whites “in the coming days”.
Leeds would not be paying a big fee for Hjelde or handing him a lengthy contract if they didn’t have high hopes for the young man.
You’ve probably read already that he’s been dubbed as the new Virgil van Dijk with that probably being because he’s at Celtic and is a good ball-playing defender.
But Hjelde is slightly more than that because he can also play at left-back and in a more advanced role on the left-wing.
According to transfermarkt, Hjedle made 11 Scottish Premiership appearances for Ross County last season after joining them on loan from Celtic in January.
He played more times as a left-back and left-winger than a centre-back and even managed to grab his first senior goal in Ross County’s win over Kilmarnock.
Hjelde played a major role in the Staggies avoiding relegation from the Scottish top-flight and he could play a big role for the Whites in the future.
Jackson is building a great team of Under-23s players as they embark on life in the top-tier of Premier League 2.
Hjelde is bound to play regularly for Jackson’s side but we’d also expect him to be on the fringes of the first-team too due to his ability to play at left-back.
Ezgjan Alioski’s exit and Leif Davis’ loan move to Bournemouth have created an opening in that position to be Junior Firpo’s back-up.
In other Leeds United news, a player has been left out of his clubs squad for the league after a bid was made.