Swedish goalkeeper Leopold Wahlstedt (24) has signed a three-year contract with Blackburn. This happens after a week with a lot of back and forth.
Blackburn confirms his transfer websites Tuesday.
Director of Football Gregg Broughton is delighted with the signing.
– We have followed its evolution over the last twelve months. As well as his excellent shot-stopping, Leo’s ability to play from the back is of a very high standard, says Broughton.
The club states that when goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski visited Luton, an opportunity to sign Wahlstedt arose. A week ago, the situation was different for the last chance.
He had been on his way to Danish football for a long time.
Odd reportedly accepted an offer from Danish Brøndby of around NOK 8 million, but Blackburn went further. This means that Wahlstedt never flew to Copenhagen, as several media outlets reported.
On Friday he traveled to Blackburn.
Odd gets around NOK 11 million for the Swede, plus 15% resale percentage, reported Telemark Journal last week.
– If you say it doesn’t take any energy and you don’t think about it, then you’re lying. But I think I managed to stay pretty focused and performed well, says Wahlstedt in an interview with Odd about the rumors.
Last week, Per Kristian Bråtveit was introduced as Odd’s new goalkeeper for the rest of the season.
The 24-year-old signed with Odd in 2021, and since his debut in May of that year, the Swede has played 68 matches for the ski club. Wahlstedt had six months left on his contract with Odd.
In this year’s elite series season, Wahlstedt kept a clean sheet in almost half of Odd’s matches. After 18 matches played, Telemarks occupy 7th place.
Blackburn face Walsall in the League Cup on Tuesday evening. The next Championship game is against Rotherham on Saturday.
In the series opener, Blackburn opened with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich.
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