By Paddy Kenny

27th Apr, 2021 | 7:00am

Meslier will be delighted as Leeds target 'unbelievable' £18m-rated ace - Kenny

Illan Meslier would be delighted to have “healthy competition” for the Leeds United number one shirt in the form of Sam Johnstone.

That is according to ex-Whites goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Daily Mail reported that West Brom want £18million for the 28-year-old.

The Sun first revealed that Leeds were keeping tabs on the stopper back in December.

As per Wyscout, Johnstone has made the most saves in the Premier League this season (148), with Meslier a close second (141).

Meslier has usurped Kiko Casilla as Leeds’ first-choice between the sticks in 2020-21, starting 32 of 33 league matches.

Kenny insisted that Johnstone is an “unbelievable” goalkeeper and that Meslier would relish the challenge he would provide.

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“I wouldn’t be worried,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Johnstone has been unbelievable for West Brom this season. He’s made some brilliant stops.

“Meslier has been up and down but done really well too. He’s a young lad, he’s always going to make mistakes.

“Leeds are going to strengthen every season. You need competition. If I was him, I wouldn’t be thinking: ‘They are getting a new keeper so they must want to get rid of me.’

“I’d actually be thinking: ‘this is really good because it can help me improve. It’s healthy competition.'”

Johnstone signed for the Baggies for £5million from Man United in 2018.

He has gone on to make 125 appearances in Albion colours, keeping 30 clean sheets.

In other news, Leeds United set to open talks with top performer over big-money new deal.