Leeds sign goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson on four-year deal

Ross Jackson
Kristoffer Klaesson has joined Leeds
Kristoffer Klaesson has joined Leeds / Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Leeds has confirmed the arrival of Kristoffer Klaesson with the goalkeeper penning a four-year deal at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa has been actively seeking back-up for first-choice stopper Illan Meslier after his understudy Kiko Casilla joined La Liga outfit Elche on a season-long loan.

Having emerged as a transfer target for the Whites, Klaesson has now completed his move to the Premier League with Leeds taking to their official website to confirm his arrival.

"Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson," they wrote. "The 20-year-old joins the Whites from Norwegian side Valerenga for an undisclosed fee.

"Following a successful medical, the goalkeeper has penned a four-year-deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2025."

News that a deal for Klaesson has been rubber-stamped will come as a relief to Bielsa after he suffered late disappointed in his pursuit of Conor Gallagher.

The Chelsea midfielder was understood to have undergone a medical with Leeds ahead of a proposed loan move earlier this week, but a late swoop from Crystal Palace saw the Whites miss out on the youngster.

Nevertheless, Bielsa has still enjoyed a successful transfer window with Klaesson the sixth new face through the door at Elland Road.

Kristoffer Klaesson is on his way to the Premier League
Kristoffer Klaesson is on his way to the Premier League / Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

The signings of Lewis Bate, Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison, Sean McGurk and Amari Miller had all been confirmed prior to the announcement that Klaesson had joined the club.

Leeds secured a very impressive ninth-placed finish last season in their first Premier League campaign since 2004, and Bielsa is clearly in no mood to rest on his laurels as he looks to better that next season.

The Whites kick off their Premier League campaign with a mouthwatering trip to old foes Manchester United on 14 August, before their first home game of the new season against Everton a week later.