Leo Hjelde will secure his move to English Premier League side Leeds United before the end of August after his form at Ross County (Athletic).

The Norwegian defender shone on-loan in Dingwall last year and played a combination of centre-back and left-back for then-manager John Hughes. It resulted in comparisons to Virgil Van Dijk, but Leeds United interest first appeared in 2020, before comparisons to the £75 million Dutchman.

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Hjelde will move south. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hjelde was said to have agreed his move earlier this month and Leeds United will confirm it before the transfer window shuts next week, according to reports.

If Hughes had stayed on as manager, Ross County would have held an interest in bringing the youngster back to Dingwall. But Malky Mackay has since taken over and has reached his maximum amount of loan signings, six.

 

It leaves Leeds United free to acquire Hjelde from parent club Celtic. Hughes said of the defender earlier this year:  “I 100% believe he will reach the Premier League. Leo is going to be the next Virgil Van Dijk, trust me on that, trust me.”

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