Leeds United made contact with David Stockdale and his agent earlier this summer, but did not pursue a deal for the goalkeeper, who has since joined Birmingham City, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Stockdale played a major role for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Sky Bet Championship last season, making 45 appearances for the Seagulls and helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.
However, despite Chris Hughton’s side offering Stockdale a new contract, the 31-year old has opted to remain in the Championship, snubbing an opportunity to play in the top-flight with Brighton next season.
Birmingham have moved quickest to secure the goalkeeper’s service, and Stockdale now becomes Harry Redknapp’s first recruit of the summer, signing a three-year contract at St Andrew’s.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) June 13, 2017
It has now been revealed by the YEP that Leeds showed an interest in Stockdale earlier this summer, but following initial contact with the goalkeeper’s agent, the Whites never pursued a move to bring him back to his hometown.
Leeds currently have two senior goalkeepers under contract, in Rob Green and Marco Silvestri, with 20-year old, Bailey Peacock-Farrell also pushing the duo for an opportunity in the first-team next season.
Leeds fans… Are you disappointed your club did not make a stronger attempt to bring Stockdale to Elland Road? Would he have replaced Green in the starting XI? Let us know your thoughts!