New recruit Kristoffer Klaesson hails Leeds United potential and delight at Whites deal

Goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson hailed Leeds United's potential after becoming the club's sixth signing of the summer as competition and back up for Illan Meslier.

By Lee Sobot
Sunday, 1st August 2021, 4:23 pm

Norway under-21s stopper Klaesson has become United's latest recruit, joining the Whites for an undisclosed fee from Norwegian side Valerenga.

The 20-year-old has signed a four-year deal and replaces Kiko Casilla who has left for La Liga side Elche on a season-long loan.

Coronavirus rules and regulations meant that Klaesson was initially required to quarantine upon his arrival from Norway before undergoing a Whites medical.

LATEST RECRUIT: Norway under-21s goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Leeds United after joining from Valerenga. Picture by LUFC.

But the young 'keeper was finally unveiled on Saturday morning and is excited to join a club who stormed to a ninth-placed finish upon last season's Premier League return.

"It's been a tough couple of days with some quarantine and stuff like that but I am really happy to finally be here," Klaesson told LUTV.

"It's a really big club with a lot of history so I'm really happy to be here.

"It's a club with a lot of history with a lot of potential after being promoted to the Premier League."

The fee for Klaesson is believed to be in excess of £1m and the Norwegian becomes a second new face for United's first-team squad.

United's main new signing of the summer so far has been left back Junior Firpo who joined from Barcelona for €15m.

First team winger and former Whites loanee Jack Harrison also joined on a permanent deal from Manchester City for £11m whilst youngsters Lewis Bate, Sean McGurk and Amari Miller have also been signed, initially to link up with the under-23s.

Leeds hope to add a centre midfielder and a winger to their first team squad before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Tuesday, August 31.

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