By Wayne Veysey

17th Mar, 2020 | 4:00pm

Leeds loan star tells club he wants to sign permanently - Sources

Illan Meslier has told Leeds United he is keen to sign a permanent deal after being convinced he is in the best coaching hands, Football Insider understands.

The Yorkshire giants have been in contact with the goalkeeper’s parent club Lorient in France about converting his season-long loan into a full-time transfer.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Meslier himself is eager to remain at the club in the long-term.

He has been impressed with the coaching he has received from Marcelo Bielsa and his staff this season and believes his game has developed considerably.

As reported by Football Insider, Leeds have have indicated in recent talks with Lorient they will activate the £5million purchase option irrespective of promotion.

United are obliged to buy the young keeper if they get promoted to the Premier League by the end of this season.

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But the Championship leaders are prepared to wrap up the deal early and not wait for the outcome of a campaign that hangs in the balance.

Meslier has been thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks after number one Kiko Casilla was hit with an eight-match racism ban.

He has seized his opportunity by keeping clean sheets in his first two Championship matches, against Huddersfield Town and Hull City respectively.

Meslier has now made three appearances in total for Leeds, with his debut coming in the FA Cup against Arsenal in January.

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