By Danny Wright
Leeds are locked in a race to land St. Patricks goalkeeper Conor O’Malley, according to a report.
The Irish Mirror claims that the Whites are joined by Wigan and Peterborough in the hunt for the 23-year-old, as well as clubs in the Republic of Ireland.
O’Malley has been St. Patricks’ No 1 choice between the sticks in the Irish top-flight this season, which is currently still in progress.
The shot-stopper has played 19 times in the League of Ireland this season and it is understood that St. Patricks are not willing to let go of him without a fight.
The Irish Mirror reports that although he is still contracted to his club, he would be more likely to make a switch to a club in England rather than stay in his home nation.
Leeds are already well-stocked in the goalkeeping department, despite recently selling Marco Silvestri to Hellas Verona.
Felix Wiedwald was brought in by Thomas Christiansen from Werder Bremen earlier this summer while veteran Rob Green is still on the books.
It remains to be seen which of the two will emerge as the No 1 choice in the upcoming Championship season, but Christiansen also has Bailey Peacock-Farrell in his development side to call upon if needed.
Football Insider Verdict
It seems that if O’Malley was to receive offers from all the clubs interested, he would probably choose Leeds just as they are the biggest, most reputable team that are tracking him. However first-team opportunities at Elland Road would be moreorless nonexistent, as it’s clear that Wiedwald or Green will be the first-team ‘keepers for the next season. O’Malley might be seen as a future prospect and a chance to make a profit in a future sale, but at the age of 23 he should really be getting first-team football week-in, week-out. Wigan and Peterborough would offer a great chance of that happening, but the Irish top-flight isn’t exactly near to the standards of League One. It seems the Irish goalkeeper has a big decision to make.