By Harvey Byrne
Leeds will sell goalkeeper Marco Silvestri if a “reasonable offer” comes in for the player, according to a report.
Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the 25-year-old goalkeeper is ready to be offloaded.
Asked if there was any news on Silvestri, Hay replied that the Italian will be allowed to leave on loan or permanently if a sensible offer is on the table.
The experienced goalkeeper has struggled to convince new manager Garry Monk and it was reported earlier this month that the former Swansea boss had sent Silvestri to train with the youngsters.
The goalkeeper also left the club’s pre-season training camp in Ireland early, which further indicates that Monk doesn’t see a future for the former Italy Under-21 international at the club.
Silvestri has been Leeds’ first choice keeper for the past two seasons but is surplus to requirements after Monk signed England international and former West Ham keeper Robert Green on a free transfer.
The 37-year-old manager wanted to replace Silvestri with a player with more experience of the English leagues and the shot-stopper’s return from Ireland was a clear indication that Green will start the season as number one with Ross Turnbull as his deputy.
Subsequently, the 25-year-old has not featured in Leeds’ two pre-season friendlies.
Leeds signed Silvestri from Chievo on a four-year deal in 2014, one of the earliest transfers completed by owner Massimo Cellino, and he is eight appearances short of the 100 mark at Elland Road.
However, he has not always convinced in goal at Elland Road and a new keeper was one of Monk’s priorities when he arrived at the start of last month.
In other Leeds transfer news, goalkeeper Michael McGovern has joined Norwich on a free transfer.