Leeds United news as Kristoffer Klaesson absence stokes Elland Road transfer rumour

Here are this evening’s Leeds United headlines on Sunday 25 July, 2021:

Palace ‘confident’ of winning Gallagher race

Crystal Palace are reportedly confident of securing a season-long loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher ahead of Leeds United.

That is according to the Sun, who claim Gallagher is set to be allowed to go out on loan, with Palace hopeful of concluding a deal for the 21-year-old this week.

Leeds are said to have already delivered the player a presentation as to how he would fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans at Elland Road, but Patrick Vieira’s side are optimistic of luring the former West Bromwich Albion loanee to Selhurst Park instead.

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Klaesson left out of Valerengra squad today

Goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson has been left out of the Valerenga squad today for their fixture against Lyn Fotball amid growing speculation he is close to joining Leeds.

According to The Athletic, Leeds have already agreed a fee with the Norwegian side for his signature and he is set to fly to England this week for a medical.

Klaesson will be joining the club as Illan Meslier’s understudy and will be replacing the already departed goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, who joined Elche on loan earlier this month.

Bate backed for first team role

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has backed Lewis Bate to stake a claim for a first team role at the club this season.

Bate joined the Whites from Chelsea earlier this week and is initially expected to link up with the club’s Under-23s side ahead of the new campaign.

Whelan, though, believes that the young midfielder could make his senior debut as early as this season.

Speaking to the Football Insider, he said: “ I do think midfield players right now is an area where, you know we are a little bit sparse on. We could have more competition in that area of the field.

“He’s playing under-23s football despite his age. That’s probably a lot more difficult than the under-18s.

Lewis Bate poses with family and Director of Football Victor Orta

“It’s a lot stronger with bigger players that you’re up against. The fact that he can hold his ground there shows real promise.

“This season might be a little bit too much of a stretch, but we could very much see him next season.

“Once you’ve got to know the club, the players around him and got used to the system, you’ll know what it’s like to play at Leeds United.

“There’s an absolutely massive opportunity there for everybody in that under-23 squad, to maybe progress through this season, especially in cup competitions.

“We could get a glimpse of these young stars that could be playing for the first team year in the next year so.”

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