Leeds United and Huddersfield Town are battling it out to sign Icelandic international centre back Sverrir Ingason from Spanish side Granada according to reports.
Ingason starred for his national side as they surprised the footballing world in Euro 2016, as Iceland reached the quarter finals of the tournament in France. At the time, the 23 year old played for belgian first division side Lokeren however his performances earned him a move to Granada in January.
Six months and 17 appearances later, Ingason’s new side Granada finished rock bottom of Spain’s La Liga on just 20 points ending their 6 year stay in the top flight. Because of this, a release clause in his contract has now been activated meaning that any club willing to offer £2million for the player would force Granada to accept.
This has alerted Leeds, as well as Premier League new boys Huddersfield Town, who according to the report are both willing to meet the £2million release clause. Thomas Christensen, Leeds’ new head coach, is apparently a fan of the player after becoming aware of the centre back during his time at Viking FK in 2015 before moving to Belgium with Lokeren, however Huddersfield have also been tracking Ingason for a number of years meaning it may be a fierce battle for the Icelandic.
Currently, Leeds only have two first team centre backs at the club- and with Pontus Jansson still to serve two more games of his three match ban, Liam Cooper is the only available centre half to play United’s opening game of the 2017/18 season away at Bolton Wanderers.
With United already signing previous loanees Hadi Sacko and Pontus Jansson on permanent deals, as well as bringing in Polish international midfielder Mateusz Klitch from FC Twente, surely the club must now be looking at defensive targets to bring in before the clash with Bolton on Sunday 6th of August with it being the main area of the squad to strengthen.