West Ham United were reportedly closing in on a move to sign Silkeborg’s highly-rated defender Frederik Alves Ibsen in the recent transfer window, but such a move is believed to have stalled due to new interest from other clubs – including Leeds.
Ibsen, 20, has caught the eye on admiring onlookers after clocking up 49 senior appearances for Danish side Silkeborg – 16 of which came in Denmark’s top tier before relegation last season. Despite his tender age, he stands at a lofty 6ft 3in.
The centre-back was believed to be on his way to West Ham. Danish website Bold claimed earlier this month that a £1.2million move was close to being agreed – though the Hammers would only receive the player in the January transfer window.
Now, that move has stuttered because another Danish outlet, in BT, have claimed Leeds are also interested – along with Dinamo Zagreb, FK Rostov, a Bundesliga side and top-tier Austrian clubs. A conclusion is expected ‘during the current week’.
TBR’s view – Ibsen another great addition to Leeds U23 side
The Whites have impressed at Premier League 2 level under Mark Jackson, after bringing in starlets such as Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville, Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood – who has five goals in four games.
It has seen them impress in PL2, with Marcelo Bielsa even stating this week that his side will look to the Under-23 team in case they need to bring in new bodies. Ibsen already has huge first-team experience.
While he would initially join the reserve team, he would soon be in the senior side.