Confirmed: Leeds in talks to end right-back hunt with Euro 2016 star
By Will Butcher
Icelandic right-back Haukur Heidar Hauksson has confirmed to Swedish media that his agent is in talks with Championship giants Leeds.
Manager Garry Monk has been desperate to bring a right-back to Elland Road this summer, after being linked with such full-backs as Conor McLaughlin, Reece Wabara and Chris Gunter.
Speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, AIK Solna right-back Hauksson declared himself flattered that Leeds are in talks to sign him and described the Yorkshire-based side as a ‘big, big club.’
“My agent has told me that we are in contact with Leeds,” The 24-year-old said. “They negotiate with AIK right now. But I focus on the Hammarby match in the first place, said Hauksson Sportbladet before the derby.
“Of course I am really flattered. It is good for a big club like Leeds to bid for you.
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“It’s a big, big club in England. With a nice history. But I would be happy even if I remain in the AIK.”
This comes after Icelandic publication MBL claimed that the Whites have placed a bid for the seven-time international.
The 24-year-old right-back starred in 17 matches for AIK last season scoring five goals and providing two more in assists.
The former KR Reykjavik defender was part of Iceland’s Euro 2016 squad, but failed to make a single appearance for his nation as they reached the quarter-finals in a run that included a 2-1 triumph over England.
Hauksson is known for his deadly set-pieces and is more than happy to get forward on occasion. He’s featured in 17 domestic games for AIK so far in 2016, scoring five goals.
Leeds already have Lewie Coyle and Gaetano Berardi at right-back, but it is apparent that Monk feels the need to strengthen this position. The Swedish giants are under no pressure to sell Hauksson though, with two-and-a-half years still remaining on his contract.
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