By Abigail Withey
Leeds are set to loan out goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell within the next 24 hours, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has revealed that the 20-year-old keeper will leave Elland Road on a season-long loan by Wednesday evening as the Whites look to nail another transfer deal.
The newspaper claim that League One club Oldham Athletic are the frontrunners to secure the English keeper this summer.
It is said that Peacock-Farrell is likely to go on loan after new boss Thomas Christiansen recruited goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen just a few days ago.
The report states that as Peacock-Farrell’s contract expires at the end of next season, United are likely to extend his deal before he begins his loan spell.
The 20-year-old joined the club in 2015, and has made just one first team appearance for the club against Queens Park Rangers during in the club’s 2015/16 campaign.
Since then, the young keeper has failed to make another appearance and was regularly left out of the squad last season.
Christiansen has been busy since joining the club, and loaning out the keeper would add to Leeds’ impressive transfer business so far.
The club have already secured Wiedwald, Madger Gomes, Mateusz Klich and Hadi Sacko in addition to bringing in Pontus Jansson on a permanent basis, while Christiansen also shipped out Luke Murphy in a loan-deal with Burton and it looks a though the keeper is next.
Football Insider verdict:
Loaning out Bailey Peacock-Farrell is a good move for new boss Christiansen as it will allow the 20-year-old to develop and grow within a smaller club. Playing at a League One side will give the youngster more regular playing time, which will allow him to grow and improve ready for a return to Elland Road. However, depending on Wiedwald’s debut season, it would be expected for the Englishman to remain as a back-up to the former Bundesliga star when he returns. Christiansen will need to consider his goalkeeping options this summer as with Peacock-Farrell exiting on loan and Rob Green potentially looking to end his goalkeeping career at Middlesbrough with Garry Monk, it may leave the new boss without a strong alternative to his newest signing.
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