Michael Beale, new Sunderland head coach poses at The Academy of Light on December 18, 2023 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland agree fee to sign Leeds United defender

Sunderland are on the verge of adding Leeds United defender Leo Hjelde to their ranks after agreeing a fee to sign the Norwegian.

The Black Cats were initially thought to be interested in capturing the 20-year-old on loan but are now set to make the move permanent, with only personal terms reportedly left to be hashed out.

The 20-year-old left-back, who can also provide cover at centre-back, will bolster Michael Beale’s defensive options after the injuries to Niall Huggins and Dennis Cirkin.

Sunderland's Dennis Cirkin during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Rotherham United at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 19th August 2023.

Injury to Dennis Cirkin has forced Sunderland into the market (Image credit: Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hjelde spent time on loan at Rotherham United last season but has failed to make an impact in West Yorkshire under Leeds manager Daniel Farke.



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