Report: Leeds battle with PL clubs to sign in-form ace, Monk can call on one major advantage

By Harry Sykes

Leeds United are battling with a string of Premier League clubs for the signature of Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, according to a report.

The Mirror claim the Yorkshire giants face competition from Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Watford in the race to land the 31-year-old this summer.

It is said that Stockdale could quit Brighton when his contract expires next month as talks over a new deal have failed to result in an agreement.

The Mirror report that Stockdale’s hometown club Leeds are keeping close tabs on the player along with the Premier League trio, who may regard him as a potential No2 rather than a No1.

Leeds manager Garry Monk can call upon one major advantage battle for the goalkeeper in that he has lifelong ties to the Yorkshire club.

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Stockdale, who joined Brighton from Fulham in 2014, was born in Leeds and has supported his hometown team since childhood.

Sky Sports’ transfer section (Tuesday, 4.44pm) regularly plugs its Football Whispers, which claimed on Tuesday evening that he is the likeliest Elland Road arrival this summer.

The Sun reported on Friday that Stockdale’s contract talks with Brighton had collapsed as the two parties were nowhere near an agreement and that their draw against Brighton last weekend could have been his last match for the club.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds already have one very reliable keeper in Green, and it appears they want another one. Given Stockdale’s integral role in Brighton’s promotion and his age, it is unlikely he would be keen to swap the No1 shirt for a place on the bench at a Championship club. Demoting Green would be a huge call by Garry Monk or whoever the manager will be next season. More than any of his colleagues, he stood tall when the pressure was at its greatest in the final months of the campaign, winning the fanbase over with his ability to make big saves at crucial times. All aspirational clubs should have two leading keepers, but signing Stockdale could create more problems than it solves.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are in a three-horse race to sign a top-flight captain who is desperate to make a move to the Championship big hitters.

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