Leeds United look to have beaten West Ham to the signing of Red Bull model defender Rasmus Kristensen with a medical planned.

West Ham have been linked with a summer move to sign RB Salzburg ace Kristensen with David Moyes a known fan of the Red Bull model of developing players.

Sport Bild claimed the Hammers wanted the super fit and athletic Danish full-back while Leeds have also been linked having survived relegation.

Kristensen can also operate as an emergency left-back and at centre-back and his versatility was particularly attractive to Moyes according to reports.

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Now it seems Leeds United are set to beat West Ham to the signing of the Red Bull model defender Kristensen with a medical planned ahead of a £10m move.

According to the likes of The Athletic, the reported Moyes target will undergo a medical with Leeds today.

The 24-year-old former Ajax player will sign a five-year contract at Elland Road if there are no complications with his medical.

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The defender has been given permission to travel to Leeds by the Danish national team, who he is currently representing.

Leeds likely won the race for Kristensen as the player is more likely to get regular game time at Elland Road whereas that may not have been the case at West Ham.

Moyes has Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson as his right-backs.

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But there are doubts over Coufal who suffered a poor second season in which he badly struggled to find the levels shown in his debut campaign both before and after a hernia operation.

The Czech is a big fan favourite at West Ham but was well below the standards he has set himself.

And he also turns 30 at the start of the new season.

Whether West Ham were pushing hard for Kristensen only Moyes will know.

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But it seems to be quite a coup for Leeds and a sizeable fee for a right-back.

An interesting sub-plot could also be emerging as many fans and pundits are suggesting Leeds are looking to spend money on signings in the knowledge they will potentially be offloading Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips – who have both been linked with moves to West Ham following unsuccessful bids from the Hammers in January.

It seems West Ham will strengthen their defence imminently, though, with the arrival of Nayef Aguerd from Rennes.

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A report from France claimed the deal – which was expected to be announced earlier this week – was in danger as it is being held up by a disagreement over bonus payments.

But the move for the Moroccan centre-back still looks set to go through.

West Ham will certainly need a new left-back ahead of the 2022-23 season as well as five or six other quality signings in key areas.


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