'99% done' - Sources: Leeds hijack West Ham Alves deal after bid accepted
Leeds United have ambushed West Ham’s deal for Danish centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen – but are set to fail.
The Yorkshire giants have been in contact with the representatives of the 20-year-old defender to try and persuade him to head to Elland Road.
But Leeds are set to miss out on Ibsen, with a recruitment source telling Football Insider his move to West Ham is “99 per cent done”.
The Hammers are working on the final stages of the transfer for the Denmark Under-21 international after having a £1.4million bid accepted by Danish club Silkeborg.
The youngster has been in London with his agent this week ahead of agreeing a deal that is set to be completed around Christmas time.
As reported by Football Insider earlier today, Ibsen has completed half of the medical tests and the remainder are in line to be finished in order to finalise an early deal before the January window opens.
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West Ham are confident the late Leeds ambush will not derail the transfer, which is set to be completed before Christmas.
It is regarded as a major coup for the Londoners, given the senior experience accumulated already by Ibsen.
Able to play centre-back and full back, he has already made 50 senior appearances for Silkeborg, eight of which have come this season.
The club played in the Danish Superliga last season but were relegated down to the second tier for this campaign.