Leeds to secure 25-year-old on three-year deal within the next 72 hours - reports
By Alex Stevens
Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson will be confirmed as a Leeds player by the end of the week, according to a report.
Antonsson has been strongly linked with a move to the Championship club after impressing for Kalmar in the Swedish top flight.
Reports in Sweden on Tuesday had claimed that Antonsson had passed a Leeds medical and agreed a three-year deal.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning that the second-tier club have all but finalised the transfer.
Responding to a question from a follower, Hay said Antonsson will be a Leeds player “before the end of the week”
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@SkyDaveLeeds no, expected before the end of the week. Haven’t heard of progress with other targets but still think Fletcher is likely
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 23, 2016
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that the fee Leeds will pay will rise to £2million.
Antonsson becomes the first signing of new manager Garry Monk, with Swedish website Fotbollskanalen claiming the Yorkshire giants have beaten Aston Villa and Cardiff to land the goal-a-game front man.
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.
Kalmar president Mattias Rosenlund confirmed last weekend the club were in discussions with an unnamed team over a deal for Antonsson.
“We are in agreement with a club,” Rosenlund said. “He will undergo a medical on Monday to check that nothing interferes with the process.
“That is what we are waiting for at the moment.”