Report: Terms agreed as senior Leeds star on verge of permanent exit - finalised Friday
Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has agreed a contract deal with Championship rivals Sunderland ahead of his permanent exit from Elland Road, according to a report.
Sunderland fan website Roker Report has claimed that the senior star has agreed to an 18-month contract at the Stadium of Light, with the deal set to be finalised on Friday when he returns from Leeds’ warm weather training camp in Spain.
News of an agreed deal comes after Football Insider exclusively revealed that the two clubs were in discussions over a potential swap deal involving the 34-year-old shot stopper, with the Whites said to be keen on one of the Black Cats’ stars.
Lonergan has made nine appearances since arriving at the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer over the summer, having battled it out with Felix Wiedwald for a place in the first team.
Football Insider verdict
Lonergan has struggled to have had the desired impact at Elland Road this season and with Wiedwald appearing to be Thomas Christiansen’s firm first choice, his exit seems a sensible decision, especially considering it could see a new arrival. The departure might leave the Whites with a lack of options between the sticks in case of injury or suspension to the German though, and a new goalkeeper to act as back up might be sought out as a result. Meanwhile Lonergan is reaching the end of his career and will be wanting to play as many games as possible, so a move to the north east seems right for him.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are set to finalise another deal on Friday.