Leeds plot swoop for soon-to-be-available star from Championship rivals - report
By Matt Farr
Leeds are weighing up a summer move for Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that Leeds are readying a swoop for the 31-year-0ld goalkeeper when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Stockdale has been one of the most consistent performers in the Championship this season, as Brighton sealed promotion to the Premier League with three games to spare.
However, he could miss out on the Seagulls’ return to the top flight if he is not offered fresh terms on his current deal, and Leeds are one of several clubs understood to be on red alert.
Middlesbrough are among the Premier League sides credited with an interest by the Mirror, while Chelsea and Bournemouth both considered a move back in January.
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The Leeds-born stopper has made 43 appearances for Brighton in the Championship this term, keeping an incredible 20 clean sheets.
It is claimed in the Daily Mail, however, that Stockdale, who is earning £15,000-per-week, is set to be rewarded for his efforts with a new contract.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds fans should react in a positive manner to the reported interest in Stockdale, as it would see the club add both a consistent, and reliable goalkeeper to their ranks. However, given the performances of current Elland Road No.1 Rob Green this season, a new stopper is not exactly the most pressing concern. Nevertheless, the two would provide fierce competition for the goalkeeping position, and should ensure Leeds have nothing to worry about at the foundation of their defence for another season.
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