EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Shrewsbury Town are in advanced talks to sign Bristol City goalkeeper Max O’Leary, Football Insider can reveal.
The Shropshire club have reignited their pursuit of the 22-year-old City academy product after closely monitoring him in the January window.
A Shrewsbury source has told Football Insider that the club have held extensive discussions with the Championship club about taking O’Leary on loan for next season.
The terms of a deal are close to being agreed and there is a growing confidence among all parties that O’Leary will soon be confirmed as a Shrewsbury signing for 2018-19.
The shot-stopper has made 18 appearances for Bristol City, 16 of which came last season as he deputised between the sticks following an injury to then-number one Niki Maenpaa.
Manager Lee Johnson has subsequently snapped up Darren Bentley from Brentford, a deal first revealed by Football Insider last week, and that has enabled him to green light the temporary exit of O’Leary.
Steve Arnold, who was the Shrewsbury number one last season, joined Northampton Town at the start of last month.
He played second fiddle to ex-Huddersfield Town loanee Joel Coleman at the beginning of the season but won the No.1 shirt and kept hold of it despite Ricketts’ January additions.
In other Bristol City news, the club have agreed to sign a player proven in the Premier League.