Leeds United may sign loanee Ilan Meslier permanently if he thrives during what is set to be an extended run in goal, Football Insider has learned.
The Championship promotion contenders are increasingly hopeful number one Kiko Casilla will not be hit with a lengthy ban by the Football Association for an alleged racial slur at Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa is set to place his faith in 19-year-old Meslier if Casilla is sidelined and he could land a permanent deal if he does well.
United have the option to convert the Frenchman’s loan into a full-time transfer as part of the deal agree with his parent club Lorient during the summer.
He is yet to make his Leeds debut but has been making an increasingly favourable impression on Bielsa in training and a permanent deal is a real possibility.
Meslier has been on the bench for 11 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season, but was absent for the 4-0 demolition of Middlesbrough last weekend as giant Pole Kamil Miazek too his place.
Meslier is ahead of his rival in the pecking order as he has the greater amount of senior experience of the two young keepers after making 30 appearances for Lorient’s first team in Ligue 2 in France.
As revealed by Football Insider a fortnight ago, Leeds have submitted all their evidence to the FA in relation to Casilla’s disciplinary case after he was granted an extension over his FA racism charge until 27 November.
Casilla has denied the racism charge but FA rules state anyone found guilty of an aggravated breach faces a mandatory minimum suspension of six matches, which may be increased based on any additional aggravating factors.
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper has continued to play for Leeds while charged and has been in outstanding form, conceding just 10 goals from the club’s 19 league matches this season.
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