Winner named in race for 23-year-old wanted by Leeds - report
By Harvey Byrne
League One side Peterborough have won the race for sought-after St. Patrick’s goalkeeper Conor O’Malley, according to a report.
The Irish Mirror have claimed on their website that the 23-year-old has agreed a move to Posh despite interest from each of Leeds and Wigan.
The Yorkshire giants are specifically named in the report as being “sweet” on the young stopper, but it is said that the Saints are happy with the deal made by Peterborough.
Leeds themselves have already added one goalkeeper to their ranks this summer in Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen, while veteran Rob Green started Sunday’s season opener against Bolton on the bench.
However, the departure of Italian Marco Silvestri may see them keep their eye out for another goalkeeper if one becomes available.
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O’Malley is highly thought of in the Irish top-flight and is the current St. Patricks number one, playing 20 times last season, conceding 29 times and keeping just three clean sheets.
His contract is also set to run out at the end of the year.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds cannot be too disappointed to miss out on O’Malley given that both Green and Wiedwald are in the squad. Additionally, the young stopper’s stats don’t read too well in the Irish league, meaning that Leeds possibly didn’t push too hard for his signature if Peterborough have now won it. O’Malley could be a name that fans of the Yorkshire giants remember in a few years time as one they missed out on. However, right now it doesn’t look too bad for the club and Leeds fans will certainly be delighted with the way their squad is looking right now.
In other Leeds transfer news, this Whites defender is set for a move this week.