Leeds were interested in signing Kristoffer Klaesson

Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds made specific enquiries to sign Kristoffer Klaesson according to the Valerenga sporting director Jørgen Ingebrigtsen.

The 19-year-old recently put pen to paper on a new contract with the Norwegian club in April but before that, the Whites had a direct interest in the player.

That was also before the Yorkshire side decided to sign Elia Caprile from Chievo, a further teenager goalkeeper.

Klaesson is currently tied down until 2022 but it remains to be seen whether Leeds still have an interest in the stopper.

He confirmed their initial appeal during an interview with Dagsavisen (via Sport Witness) recently: "It’s nice that there was interest from Leeds. After all, it’s a big club in England. Of course, it is great that such a club came along, and many players probably have a dream of playing in England," he commented.

Valerenga's Ingebritsen then stated

"Leeds made a specific inquiry about what our plans were with Kristoffer. The first conversations with them were in autumn last year.

“We said what you see now. That this is a player we didn’t want to sell. We had faith that he could become the first [choice] keeper at Valerenga fairly quickly, and he is at the moment. They had a sense of understanding. The talks with them were very good.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It was rather strange that Leeds were in the market in January. After all, Kiko Casilla was yet to be found guilty of racially abusing Jonathan Leko while they also had numerous goalkeepers in their ranks.

Illan Meslier had only just made his debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup while Will Huffer and Kamil Miazek were also options.

Unfortunately for Marcelo Bielsa's men, they are unlikely to find out whether Klaesson would have been a good signing but judging by his presence in the Valerenga first-team, he would have been a more convincing addition than Caprile.

Klaesson has made 14 appearances in Norway's top-flight but Leeds' new Italian stopper has no senior appearances to his name.

That isn't to say Caprile couldn't potentially star for Leeds in the future, but he'll have to climb past Meslier if the Frenchman signs permanently from Lorient.

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