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David Stockdale makes cheeky ‘Spygate’ reference as he talks up Leeds United influence on Birmingham City

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Leeds United have recently been linked with a move for Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale according to The Sunday People (17/12, page 50). 

Stockdale has fallen out of favour with the Blues, and has spent the last couple of seasons out on loan with a number of clubs in the past.

But with Leeds’ Kiko Casilla potentially facing suspension from the FA, Leeds could move to add to the goalkeeping department in the January transfer window.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, Stockdale admitted that he is contact with Pep Clotet regularly, and has been impressed with the Birmingham boss’ philosophies.

But Stockdale also issued a ‘Spygate’ reference in that interview, which might not sit well with all of the Elland Road faithful after the controversial topic stole the headlines for much of last year’s campaign.

“We speak a lot. He’s a little bit of a Leeds fan as well (Clotet was also on Monk’s staff at Elland Road in 2016-17). We speak a lot about Leeds and their methods and whether we should send a spy!

“He’s got good philosophies and how he wants to do it is the right way, he just has to develop that.”

The Whites were forced to pay a fine of £200,000 for the incident which took place ahead of their game with Derby County last season.

But Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be focusing on their promotion bid this term, with Leeds sat third in the table and just two points adrift of league leaders West Brom.

Leeds are next in action after the international break when they take on Luton Town, whilst Stockdale will be keen to push for a starting spot when Birmingham take on Huddersfield Town.

The Verdict: 

I think he’d be a useful addition for Leeds if they signed him in the January transfer window.

His latest reference on ‘Spygate’ are likely to divide the fan base who thought they would have heard the last of the controversial incident that was the main talking point during last year’s league campaign.

Stockdale will be looking to force his way into the Birmingham City starting XI for the time being though, before even considering a move to Elland Road in January.


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