Monk ready to cash in on Leeds first-teamer and replace him with award-winning international ace - report
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is ready to start his Leeds rebuild by selling Marco Silvestri and recruiting a new goalkeeper, according to a report.
Silvestri missed just one game through suspension this season and kept nine clean sheets in all competitions to help Leeds finish 13th in the Championship.
But the Yorkshire Evening Post claims Monk wants to replace Silvestri with a British goalkeeper before the start of next season.
Rotherham’s Lee Camp and Derby’s Lee Grant are said to be two of the players being considered by Leeds as Monk targets a keeper he believes is more suited to the Championship.
Both keepers, who are under contract at their current clubs until next summer, are into their 30s and have extensive experience of England’s second-tier.
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Northern Ireland international Camp was named as Rotherham’s player of the year at the end of the recent campaign while Grant was more peripheral in a Derby side which reached the Championship play-off semi-finals, playing 11 times as understudy to Scott Carson.
Silvestri, who has two years remaining on his contract, has been United’s first-choice for the past two seasons and is eight games away from his 100th club appearance but his better performances have been undermined by repeated mistakes.
The 25-year-old was new to England when Leeds signed him from Chievo in the summer of 2014, one of the earliest transfers of Massimo Cellino’s reign as club owner.
Football Insider reported on Wednesday that three Italian clubs have enquired about signing Silvestri.
The Whites have also been linked with a loan deal for Juventus’ youngster Francesco Anacoura as they look to bring in a more experienced back-up goalkeeper.
Ross Turnbull is due to return from long-term injury next season and Bailey Peacock-Farrell recently signed a new contract but they could be loaned out for first-team experience.