Leeds United have put to bed any questions over keeper options with their latest signing.
The club have confirmed the signing of Illan Meslier on a season long loan deal.
Meslier joins the Whites having been deemed surplus to requirements by his parent club Lorient in a switch that allows Leeds to fill the void left by the sale of Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Burnley.
Having made 28 league appearances for the Ligue 2 side last season, conceding only 30 goals, it’s a surprise to see the young french keeper be allowed to leave on a temporary basis.
The 6’5 stopper is expected to start as the understudy to Kiko Casilla, although could be given opportunities to stake a claim due to the Spanish stoppers flamboyance in goal.
With an estimated value of £5million and a bright future ahead of him, it hasn’t been confirmed whether Leeds have an option to purchase Meslier at the end of the loan deal.
Speaking on his move to Lufc, the French Under 20 player said; “I’m extremely happy to join a big club like Leeds United. Marcelo is a huge name in France, and his style of play was a huge factor for me.”
However, with the emergence of young stoppers Kamil Miazek and Will Huffer, Meslier could soon have a challenger for any spot on the team.
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By Ryan Ingham