By Noel Whelan

10th Nov, 2020 | 12:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds told to sign £100k-a-week goalkeeper in January

Leeds United should try to sign out-of-favour Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in January, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites striker tipped the arrival of a new shot-stopper after Christmas if Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s defensive frailties continue.

Illan Meslier produced a questionable display on Saturday as Marcelo Bielsa’s side were beaten 4-1 by Crystal Palace – the fourth time this season they have conceded at least three goals in a match.

The newly-promoted side did not enter the transfer market for a goalkeeper last summer and instead opted to stick with Meslier and Kiko Casilla as their two senior options.

Whelan urged recruitment chief Victor Orta to consider a move for Forster but admitted that the former Celtic number one, who earns £100,000-a-week at Southampton, may be out of Leeds’ financial reach.

“I think the club will look to sign a goalkeeper in January if it carries on this way, these sort of scorelines, conceding three, conceding four,” he told Football Insider.

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“You expect it against Liverpool but not against Leicester and Crystal Palace.

“A more experienced goalkeeper may be able to help Meslier along the way as well. It would take a bit of pressure off him because beforehand, in the Championship, he was well protected but it is very difficult to do that in the Premier League because every team has star men that can hurt you.

“I would like to see a more experienced goalkeeper signed in January. Fraser Forster’s name has been mentioned, I would like to see him there but he is on massive money at Southampton.

“Kiko Casilla will not be any better than Meslier. It is a very, very important position and while Meslier is a very capable, young goalkeeper we need somebody who talks and is more experienced in that department.” 

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