By Alex Stevens
Ross Turnbull wants to cancel his Leeds contract and find a new club – and fans have urged Garry Monk to promote him in the goalkeeper pecking order.
The Elland Road goalkeeper has made only one appearance for the Yorkshire giants since joining from Barnsley in the summer of 2015.
Football Insider has revealed that Turnbull, 31, is keen to negotiate a similar deal to former club captain Sol Bamba, who abruptly quit the club a day after the transfer window closed after reaching a settlement over the remainder of his contract.
Like Bamba, Turnbull, whose £10,000-a-week contract expires at the end of the season, wants to agree a pay-off with Leeds and be given the opportunity to join another club as a free agent.
Turnbull missed much of his debut season with an ankle injury but returned to full fitness over the summer and began the season on the bench as back-up to new No1 Rob Green after both keepers leapfrogged Marco Silvestri in the pecking order.
Silvestri had initially been frozen out by new manager Garry Monk but the Italian has returned to the matchday squads for the last seven Leeds matches and started the midweek League Cup win over Blackburn when Green was rested.
Leeds supporters have taken to Twitter to react to the possibility of Turnbull leaving, with some claiming he should leapfrog the error-prone Silvestri in the keeper roster at the club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Dale Reid (@DaleSpeedyReid) September 23, 2016
— kevin otto (@nikestorm50) September 23, 2016
— James Cousins (@CuzLufc73) September 23, 2016
— Irish_Leeds (@Irish_Leeds) September 23, 2016
Ross Turnbull has more Champions League medals then Zlatan and Pogba combined…..
— N. (@PedroFan_) September 24, 2016
Green was reinstated to the team for Saturday’s Championship clash against Ipswich, and kept a clean sheet as Monk’s team secured a fourth consecutive win with a 1-0 triumph at Elland Road.
In other Leeds transfer news, a forward has signed for Nottingham Forest after quitting Leeds.