Exclusive: Leeds in talks with Sunderland over swap deal
EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United and Sunderland are in talks over a possible swap involving Andy Lonergan and a mystery player, Football Insider sources understand.
Sunderland are keen to sign experienced custodian Lonergan to solve their problematic goalkeeping position, while Leeds have expressed an interest a Black Cats star.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds have brought up the possible swap deal after Sunderland made enquiries about Lonergan’s availability.
Lonergan has not featured for Leeds since the 4-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in November with Felix Wiedwald regaining his spot as No.1 keeper in Thomas Christiansen’s plans.
Lonergan enjoyed a seven-game run in the side when Wiedwald was dropped following a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in October, but after disappointing performances in the defeats to Brentford and Wolves Christiansen decided to entrust goalkeeping duties to Wiedwald.
Sunderland have struggled in the goalkeeping department this season with both Robbin Ruiter or Jason Steele failing to impress since their arrivals at the Stadium of Light last summer.
Ruiter is the current No.1 for Chris Coleman, but the Sunderland boss is keen to bring in a new keeper as he looks to lead his side to safety in the Championship.
It remains to be seen if Sunderland would consider the possibility of a swap deal with one of their players for Lonergan.
Football Insider broke the news last week that United were in advanced talks to sign Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough before any other media, and 48 hours before the transfer was announced.
Football Insider also revealed first that Leeds had agreed a deal to sign striker Sam Dalby from Leyton Orient, with the player then unveiled on Tuesday of this week.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been engaged on transfer missions at top-flight giants Arsenal and Manchester United.