Leeds United reportedly tried to sign Norwegian talent Kristoffer Klaesson from Valerenga earlier this season, according to the Eliteserien club.
As reported by Dagsavisen, Leeds United showed ‘strong interest’ in the teenager. The same report carried quotes from the player, who admitted being flattered by the links to Leeds United and of a dream to one day play in England.
“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.”
The 19-year-old Norway youth international became the number one goalkeeper at the Oslo-based club last season, featuring in 12 games, and has maintained that position for the start of the new season.
Indeed, it would appear that Klaesson is a player Victor Orta was referring to when he discussed ‘bad luck’ in a transfer earlier this year.
Speaking to Leeds Live in February, Victor Orta was discussing the purchase of Elia Caprile from Chievo in January.
The Leeds director of football confirmed that the West Yorkshire side always had intent to sign a young goalkeeper during the window. He then mentioned that the first talent they were following started playing first-team football for their current club, ending Leeds’ chances of a deal.
“It’s a difficult approach for young goalkeepers in the internal (UK) market because the quality is really protected by contracts. We start to evaluate 20 goalkeepers. I put the availability because it’s difficult, and (goalkeeping coach) Marcos Abad makes a scouting difference because he has a more professional eye.
“Then we evaluate these 20 names, we leave in three main names. One of these we had the bad luck as they start to play straight away with his first-team at 18. Then they all seemed impossible.”
The Boot Room reported on the news at the time and deduced that Klaesson was the most likely candidate across Europe and it now appears that was indeed the case.
Klaesson is now well on his way to a fine career in Norway and Leeds would be right to keep tabs on his progress going forward.
But Caprile is also a very talented stopper and Leeds United will no doubt be backing the Italian to live up to his own potential at Elland Road.