By Alex McLeish

14th Jul, 2021 | 9:00pm

Ex-manager makes 'dream' Leeds transfer claim after Woodman bid

Alex McLeish has claimed Leeds United want “another Illan Meslier” after making a move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites’ “dream” would be to recruit a young shot-stopper able to step into the starting XI if required.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (July 14th), Woodman, 24, has rebuffed a loan-to-buy approach from Leeds.

It is understood the Newcastle shot-stopper does not want to play second fiddle behind Meslier.

Leeds are in the market for a new keeper after allowing Kiko Casilla to join Elche on loan.

This site has previously revealed (July 10th) the Whites want a keeper younger than 25 to take the Spaniard’s spot.

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Casilla’s lack of game time, thanks to Meslier’s outstanding performances, was a key contributing factor to his departure.

He suggested the Whites would want to recruit another top-level youngster as competition for the Frenchman.

“There are two sides to it,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“If there’s a young, ambitious goalkeeper who wants to come in and learn under Meslier, that’s great for Leeds.

“But if something happens to Meslier, can they just throw that young guy straight in there?

“They worked the oracle to get Meslier. For such a young goalkeeper, to be playing to the consistency that he’s been playing at…

“We’ve been watching him and he’s hardly made a mistake, despite his tender years.

“If they were scouting another Meslier, that would probably be the dream.”

Meslier played in all but three of Leeds’ Premier League games last season.

Meanwhile, Woodman had an outstanding 2020/21 campaign on loan with Swansea City in the Championship.

He conceded just 41 goals in 48 league and play-off matches, and kept 21 clean sheets.

In other news, four Leeds United transfers are on the cards after Marcelo Bielsa green lights deals.