By Richard Parks
A major chunk of Paul Heckingbottom’s summer transfer kitty will be spent at Leeds United on a new goalkeeper, according to a report.
The Sun on Sunday report that the United boss has identified the capture of a new shot-stopper is a priority after assessing the squad since his appointment as manager at the start of last month.
It is said that Felix Wiedwald will not be number one next season after suffering the axe in the last week despite the unavailability through injury of fellow senior man Andrew Lonergan.
The Sun report that Heckingbottom will have to “juggle his finances” but a significant chunk of the kitty that the Elland Road hierarchy make available to him will be spent on a keeper.
Academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell has started in goal in the last two matches and made a strong impression with fine performances against Reading and Wolves.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds fans will not be especially heartened that Heckingbottom has come to the blindingly obvious conclusion that the team need a senior keeper worthy of the name. Peacock-Farrell, 21, needs someone he can learn the ropes from, as he is not yet ready to play a full Championship season, despite his two fine performances in the last five days. What will concern the Elland Road faithful is whether under-fire director of football Victor Orta can recruit the right man, following a series of bum signings since his appointment. Both Wiedwald and Lonergan were Orta recruits and both have flopped badly.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.