Pundit suggests Leeds transfer twist after latest Woodman offer
Alan Hutton has suggested Leeds United may have to change transfer tactics after being snubbed by Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager claimed no young goalkeeper would want to join the Whites to sit on the substitute’s bench behind Illan Meslier.
As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday (July 18th), Leeds have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Woodman.
Leeds are in the market for a new goalkeeper under the age of 25 to replace Kiko Casilla following his loan to Elche.
It is understood that Levante’s Dani Cardenas, 24, and Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson, 20, are two alternatives being considered.
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However, Hutton suggested a lack of game time would put any ambitious young shot-stopper off.
“I think that’s the problem,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Woodman went out Swansea last year and had a great season. He had to leave Newcastle to get that experience. He’s left Newcastle for a reason, to play games.
“This is Leeds’ problem. If Leeds want to sign a young goalkeeper, they’re never going to be willing to play second fiddle to Meslier.
“I think he’s a fantastic keeper so you just wonder are they better looking for that kind of older, experienced head. The likes of other teams are doing that at this precise moment.
“Or are they actually looking for somebody to come in and challenge for that number one spot?
“It really depends how they see it but I think it’s going to be difficult to get somebody in that’s willing to sit on the bench.”