Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is now set to stay at Eland Road after a move to Championship rivals collapsed, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has claimed there has been a major twist on the future of the senior player after he was expected to move to the Stadium of Light on an 18-month deal.
However, it is understood the move has fallen down after the 34-year-old failed to agree personal terms with the Black Cats and will now return to the Whites for the rest of the season.
The report details that the shot-stopper had travelled to Sunderland on Tuesday night after Leeds’ draw against Hull and was expected to undergo a medical on deadline day, but the move has collapsed.
Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen had confirmed on Tuesday night that Lonergan was set to join Sunderland, but the player will now hope to force his way back into his starting XI.
Football Insider verdict
Lonergan now looks set to remain with the Yorkshire giants and in the long run that is probably a positive for them. He is the number two option behind Felix Wiedwald in goal, but that responsibility could have fallen to an unproven youngster if he had joined Sunderland. Leeds had not managed to sign a replacement for him and he may still be called upon in the second half of the season amid a promotion hunt. Wiedwald’s showed why he is the first-choice goalkeeper in a 0-0 draw against Hull City on Tuesday night, but Lonergan will keep him on his toes for the rest of the campaign.
In other Leeds transfer news, they have decided not to recall this defender in January.
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