Leeds United move closer to Leo Hjelde transfer amid personal terms report and Celtic absence


Celtic defender Leo Hjelde appears close to becoming the latest new face through the door at Elland Road after it was reported the 17-year-old has agreed personal terms with Leeds United.

Norwegian outlet Nettavisen claim all that is standing between Hjelde and a permanent switch to West Yorkshire is a medical, which should be completed in the coming days.

Hjelde will almost certainly join up with Mark Jackson’s U23 squad for the 2021/22 season, owing to his age and relative inexperience.

That is not to say he does not have senior appearances under his belt, far from it in fact.


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The Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan at Ross County in the Scottish Premiership, earning plaudits for his versatility at centre-back and left-back.

At just 17, Hjelde would be one of the youngest members of the 23s squad, but following Oliver Casey’s departure for Championship outfit Blackpool earlier this summer, the junior Whites are lacking in that department.

Captain Charlie Cresswell is a mainstay in central defence, but Jackson’s other options in that position: Nohan Kenneh and Kris Moore, are thought to require greater experience in that role before nailing down a place as first-choice.



Leo Hjelde in pre-season action for Celtic against Preston North End

Last night, Hjelde was missing from Celtic B’s SPFL Trust Trophy fixture with Annan Athletic, further stoking the rumours that he is close to a Leeds United switch.

Norwegian journalist Stian Wahl tweeted on Wednesday evening: “Leeds and Celtic agree on price for Leo Fuhr Hjelde. The Norwegian also agrees on personal details for a while back. Medical remains. The 17-year-old is intended for a place on the U23 team for Leeds.

Leeds United’s U23s kick off their Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign on Monday August 16, away to Crystal Palace.

This season will be Leeds’ first in the top division of U23 football in this country, having only gained Category One academy status last summer.

Hjelde’s addition would represent yet more aggressive U23 recruitment, which for the most part has been overwhelmingly successful in the past 12 months.





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