By Harvey Byrne

Kalmar sporting director Thomas Andersson Borstam has revealed that Leeds are on the verge of signing striker Marcus Antonsson.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported earlier in the week that the 25-year-old had agreed to sign for the Whites and become Garry Monk’s first signing since taking charge.

Borstam told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that it was premature to claim a deal was already done, but did confirm that the transfer was close.

“I hope the deal will be completed soon,” he said to Aftonbladet. “It’s between buyers and sellers. We have an ambition and agenda that we should try to complete everything at any time.”

When asked when the striker may officially belong to Leeds, Borstam added “As quickly as possible. I dare not say what hour or what day, but we hope it to be at any time.”

Antonsson has been strongly linked with a move to the Championship club after impressing for Kalmar in the Swedish top flight.

The striker has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances for the Scandinavian club, including an impressive 10 strikes in 12 league matches.

Antonsson, 25, joined Kalmar last year on a free transfer and has a deal that runs until 2018 but that will be cut short to take him to England.

In other Leeds  news, Kemar Roofe has been slapped with a £3million price tag – which could reportedly end the club’s pursuit of the prolific striker.