Ex-manager: Leeds may pull U-turn after update on Woodman offer
Alex McLeish has insisted Leeds United “can’t rule out” signing an experienced goalkeeper after failing with a bid for Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites could pull a U-turn and consider older options to replace Kiko Casilla.
As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (July 14th), Woodman, 24, has turned down Leeds’ loan-to-buy offer.
It is understood the Newcastle keeper is looking to play regular first-team football during the 2021/22 campaign.
This site has revealed (July 10th) the Whites want a keeper younger than 25 to take Casilla’s place in the squad.
The Spaniard has joined Elche on a season-long loan after a campaign stuck behind Illan Meslier.
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While Leeds are looking at younger options, McLeish suggested they could turn to an older head if the deal is right.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You can’t rule out maybe bringing in a very experienced goalkeeper.
“Maybe someone who’s in their latter years.
“I say you’ve got to be playing every week but these guys can make a career out of that.
“At the end of their careers, they say: ‘If the manager needs me, I’m solid. I’m a solid goalkeeper’
“There’s been a lot of goalkeepers that have made their trade that way over the last few years.”
Woodman spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Swansea City, helping the Welsh outfit to the Championship play-off final.
He conceded just 41 goals in 48 league and play-off matches, with 21 clean sheets under his belt, and made 52 starts in all competitions.
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