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28th Apr, 2017 | 2:34pm

Leeds can offer this proven ace a far better home than PL giants after link hots up

COMMENT By Matt Bullin 

David Stockdale should sign for Leeds this summer if he leaves Brighton instead to making the jump to Chelsea.

The Daily Mirror claim the 31-year-old is out-of-contract this summer and will be available on a free, alerting Leeds, who are on the look out for a new stopper.

Middlesbrough and Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the former Fulham ‘keeper, having already tried to sign him last January.

Stockdale has played a leading role in Brighton’s promotion winning campaign this season, and has been an ever present figure between the sticks for Chris Hughton’s side.

He has made 43 appearances in the Championship for the Seagulls this term, keeping 20 clean sheets, and helping them rise to the summit of the table.

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If Stockdale were to leave Brighton this summer when his contract expires he would be much better suited to a move to Leeds, rather than Chelsea.

If he were to make the move to Stamford Bridge, at 31, it is unlikely he would ever be a first choice goalkeeper for any club ever again, let alone Chelsea.

Thibaut Courtois has cemented his place as one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League in recent years, and there is virtually no chance that Stockdale would usurp him.

If Stockdale were to sit on the bench at Chelsea for a few years and collect his pay-packet, he would be wasting the peak years of his career.

Whereas, if he were to move to Elland Road, he would be almost guaranteed first team football.

Leeds are fighting for the a play-offs finish this season, and the likelihood is that Garry Monk’s side will be in the Championship again next term.

If they are to mount a serious attack on the title next season, they need players like Stockdale, who are proven performers and who will be appreciated by the club.

In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are set to hold talks about signing this reliable defender.

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