Report: Leeds on brink of clinching striker deal, transfer could be finalised in 24 hours

By Alex Stevens

Leeds are set to complete the signing of striker Marcus Antonsson within the next 24 hours, according to a report.

Swedish outlet Kalmar 24 claim that the 25-year-old trained with the Championship club on Monday and is set to formally finalise the protracted transfer by the end of Tuesday.

It was widely reported last week that Antonssson had agreed to sign for Leeds from Swedish club Kalmar and become Garry Monk’s first signing since taking charge.

Kalmar sporting director Thomas Andersson Borstam subsequently confirmed that the transfer was close, although he stressed that a deal was not done.

Leeds released pictures on their official website on Monday of the players being put through their paces by Monk as they returned to pre-season training.

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A grainy image emerged that appeared to be Antonsson although it was not entirely clear.

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.