Report: Crucial transfer talks imminent as Leeds move for international attacker swap
Leeds United have seen a suggestion of a swap swoop with Sunderland for Andy Lonergan and Aiden McGeady turned down by the Black Cats but transfer talks will still take place, according to a report.
Sunderland news website Roker Report have claimed that the Whites were looking to snap up the 93-cap Republic of Ireland for a straight switch with their Championship counterparts, but that Chris Coleman has rebuffed the move, insisting the 31-year-old is not up for a January exit.
News of a swap deal was revealed exclusively by Football Insider earlier this week, with Sunderland keen on securing a move for Lonergan which in turn saw Leeds try and poach a move for one of the Black Cats’ own stars.
Despite the failed approach, it is stated that there are set to be imminent transfer talks over details for the 34-year-old goalkeeper’s move to the Stadium of Light during the final weekend of the winter window, after he has managed just nine appearances since signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds cannot be accused of not being ambitious with their proposed swap for McGeady, but a deal would have always been viewed as unlikely from both parties. He has been a regular at Sunderland this season, despite a drop in form, and has hit home five goals in 20 Championship appearances. Lonergan meanwhile has failed to have had the desired impact at Elland Road, with the battle with Felix Wiedwald coming down to who makes the least mistakes rather than a definitive number one choice. His sale seems a sensible move so long as they can find reinforcements to replace him, with just the two senior options at Thomas Christiansen’s disposal right now.
In other Leeds United news, David Prutton has slammed the club for their lack of progression in comparison to their rivals.