31-year-old rejects contract offer amid interest from Leeds and PL giants - report
By Harvey Byrne
Goalkeeper David Stockdale has rejected a new contract offer from newly promoted club Brighton amid Leeds and Chelsea interest, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror have claimed on their website that the 31-year-old is now set to leave the Seagulls despite their promotion with his current deal set to expire this summer.
It is detailed that the Leeds-born stopper has already attracted interest from his hometown team Premier League giants Chelsea and earlier in the month the Mirror reported that Premier League trio Crystal Palace, Watford and the Blues were in a race with Garry Monk’s team to land the former Fulham man.
The goalkeeper has been a part of the successful Brighton team for three years now after completing a move from the Cottagers in the summer of 2014 for an undisclosed fee.
He also played a key role in helping Chris Hughton’s men achieve a second placed finish this season, playing in 45 of their 46 Championship matches, keeping 20 clean sheets and conceding just 40 goals.
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However, at this stage of his career he could be looking for a move closer to home, while he may also feel that first team opportunities may become limited following Brighton’s promotion.
Football Insider verdict:
With first choice goalkeeper Rob Green set to turn 38 next season and current backup Marco Silvestri expected to leave the club in the near future, Leeds could certainly be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper. The Yorkshire giants could also do a lot worse than Stockdale who has just played a key role in helping a club make the step up to the Premier League, which is where Monk is aiming to take his team. Therefore, if Stockdale does become available on a free this summer Leeds should certainly attempt to make an offer to bring him to his hometown club.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites have been installed strong favourites to sign this 28-year-old.