On July 20th, Vålerenga sporting director Jørgen Ingebrigtsen revealed his side have held ‘good dialogue’ with Leeds United for Kristoffer Klaesson’s transfer.
Ingebrigtsen also admitted the English club have long maintained an interest in the goalkeeper.
Since Brexit, foreign players must have enough points [as per the FA’s points system] to get a world permit to play for an English club.
Dagsavisen have checked if the 20-year-old will be eligible to get a work permit and as per their calculations, they have found out the Norwegian ‘does not qualify’ as of now.
Klaesson, who will turn 21 years of age later in November, will be considered as a youth player.
It’s claimed the player gets two points for representing Vålerenga and two more for having played 90-100 percent of his club’s matches in the last year.
Klaesson also receives five points for playing three matches in the European championship qualifiers with Norway U21.
However, the goalkeeper is still short of the 15 points needed to obtain a work permit, but his case can be reviewed by a panel, where Leeds, if they sign him, have to present ‘good reasons’ for the player to be granted work permit.
Dagsavisen state: ‘Since there is no appeal opportunity after the panel has given its verdict, it means that the club can not apply again for a work permit until the player optionally meets the criteria for the work permit through obtaining 15 points or more’.
Ingebrigtsen, however, hasn’t taken this into account as Leeds are in the picture to sign Klaesson this summer.
“On a general basis, I have no detailed insight into transfer rules into the United Kingdom. So, whether Klaesson has enough points, I do not know. I have other things to do,” the Vålerenga sporting director said.