Leeds United are expected to conclude the signing of Celtic defender Leo Hjelde before the August 31 transfer deadline.
The centre-back, who will turn 18 this week, is out of contract at Celtic Park next summer. And the Bhoys’ attempts to secure him to a new deal have ultimately failed.
That may well explain why Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou has decided not to use him, while fellow academy stars Stephen Welsh and Adam Montgomery have played major roles.
Now though his time looks to have come to an end at Parkhead with The Atheltic’s Phil Hay claiming “Leeds will get Leo Hjelde from Celtic done before the deadline”.
Leeds have been aware of his talents for some time. They were in the mix to sign Hjelde back in 2019 when he moved to Scotland from Rosenborg.
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The Norwegian youngster has made a splash in the Celtic academy since joining from Rosenborg in 2019. He has yet to make a senior appearance though and was loaned to Ross County last term.
Hjelde was a regular in the Ross County side while on loan in Dingwall. He made 12 appearances in a struggling Ross County side.
He is expected to go into Mark Jackson’s Under-23 squad.
Poveda loan deal
Meanwhile, Ian Poveda is set to leave the club on loan with Blackburn his likely destination.
After featuring in pre-season quite strongly, the former Manchester City man has dropped from the picture altogether.
The Leeds squad were informed he was not part of the matchday squad to travel to Old Trafford earlier this month.
Furthermore, he was also overlooked for Jackson’s Under-23s, who recorded a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in Premier League 2 last Monday
And with no suggestion from club or manager that Poveda is injured, Football Insider reported he was now set to leave the club.
As per the article, a source has informed them there has been some sort of falling out between Poveda and Marcelo Bielsa behind the scenes.
And now Hay claims Blackburn are likely to take the winger on loan.