Celtic could face a battle to keep hold of a promising youngster in 18-year-old Norwegian defender Leo Hjelde following a subtle social media hint from the young Bhoy.
As shared by Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) on Twitter, Premier League club Leeds United have been linked with a move for Celtic’s 18-year-old centre-back over the last few months, with the account claiming that some reports saying talks were ongoing.
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Hjelde has since followed Leeds on Instagram, injecting fresh fuel into speculation that he could be on his way to Elland Road.
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According to Phil Hay of The Athletic, the Whites have their eye on a pair of Celtic starlets, with centre-back Hjelde joining left-back Matthew Anderson as featuring on their list of youth targets.
Hjelde enjoyed a spell on loan in January with fellow SPFL side Ross County where former manager John Hughes compared Hjelde to ex-Bhoy Virgil van Dijk.
“Leo is going to be the next Van Dijk – trust me on that. The quality he has shown, the physical challenge, playing real men’s football and standing up to it – it’s been a wonderful experience for Leo.
“Before he came, Leeds United were after him. I think he had to sign an extension to his contract for the loan to go through.”
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Leeds United have made a habit of snapping up youth-level talent from elsewhere.
The Whites have already signed promising Chelsea youngster Lewis Bate on a long-term contract in this window, with last summer seeing the likes of Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville joining Leeds’ youth ranks.
Hjelde would certainly fit the bill and is highly-rated by those that have worked with him. Celtic may be left seeing a bid soon.