Leeds suffer transfer hammer blow after emphatic contract decision - report
By Russell Edge
Leeds look set to miss out on signing goalkeeper David Stockdale after being heavily linked with with Brighton man, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the the 31-year-old is set to sign a new two-year deal at the newly promoted club to replace his current contract, which expires in the summer.
The news will be a blow for Leeds boss Garry Monk, who was reported by the Mirror to be interested in bringing the experienced Championship goalkeeper to Elland Road.
Stockdale, who was born in Leeds, has played a key role in the Seagulls’ promotion campaign this season, and was named as the goalkeeper in the PFA Championship team of the year.
So far this season he has made 43 appearances, keeping 20 clean sheets, although suffered the ignominy of scoring not one but two own goals in their 2-0 defeat to Norwich, which prevented them from securing the Championship title.
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His contract status had alerted Premier League and Championship clubs alike, including top flight title hopefuls Chelsea.
The Mirror’s report claims that Leeds had hoped to get the jump on the Blues by offering Stockdale first team football, but their efforts seem to have been in vain as he looks set to remain on the south coast.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are set to hold talks about signing this reliable defender.