By Danny Mills

19th Jul, 2021 | 1:54pm

Mills: Leeds told to complete Woodman U-turn after eight-figure update

Leeds United should not give up their pursuit of Freddie Woodman, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender admitted Kristoffer Klaesson may be a more realistic signing.

Football Insider revealed yesterday (18 July) Leeds had pulled the plug on their pursuit of Woodman.

This site revealed on 14 July they had launched a loan-to-buy bid for the stopper who Newcastle United value at £10million.

However, the 24-year-old did not want to play second fiddle to Illan Meslier.

It is understood they have instead moved onto other targets that include Levante’s Dani Cardenas, 24, and Klaesson, 20, of Valerenga.

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Asked whether a deal for Klaesson could be easier to complete than Woodman, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, I think so.

“If they can’t get Woodman then why not?

“But for me, Woodman would be a great signing. You’d have two good goalkeepers pushing each other and it would up the competition. Why not?

“Klaesson’s less likely to push for the number one shirt. Woodman’s has just almost been promoted with Swansea City.

“He’s a good goalkeeper, he’s proven it. This is not a young player who doesn’t know about English football. If you want to up the ante, it would be a very good signing.”

Woodman has played 95 games for Swansea across the last two seasons and played in the play-off final loss to Brentford.

He has also enjoyed temporary spells with Hartlepool United, Crawley Town, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

In other news, Leeds United could unearth the next ‘Jamie Vardy’ after an official scouting reveal.