English Premier League club Leeds United are set to sign Leo Hjelde imminently after his spell at Ross County last season (FN via LL).

The Norwegian teenager has been a long-term target of Leeds United, who first eyed the versatile defender in 2020. John Hughes – who was Ross County manager for the second half of last season’s Scottish Premiership term – brought Hjelde to Dingwall in January this year.

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Hjelde impressed as a Staggie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He labeled the centre-back with the ability to play left-back as ‘the next Virgil Van Dijk’ and confirmed Leeds United interest. While comparisons to the Liverpool defender were lofty, Hjelde proved his senior credentials in the Highlands.

Hjelde featured 12 times for Ross County, scoring his first senior goal while working with Hughes. He was interested in bringing the teenager back to Dingwall, had the 56-year-old stayed on as manager.

Malky Mackay – the new County manager – has not brought Hjelde back to the Highlands from Celtic on loan and has now signed six loan players, the maximum amount a Premiership team can have. But the defender seems set for Leeds United.

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