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Leeds United finalise agreement for Frenchman

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Leeds United have completed the signing of Lorient goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a season-long loan deal, the club have now confirmed via their official website.

The Whites will have been on the lookout for a new back-up shot-stopper, following the departure of Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Premier League side Burnley earlier on this week.

The 22-year-old was a regular for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the first half of the campaign last season, but saw his game-time become majorly limited following the arrival of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in January.

Following the departure of Peacock-Farrell, Leeds have now completed their first Deadline Day signing, with Lorient goalkeeper Illan Meslier putting pen to paper on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper made 30 appearances for the Ligue 2 side last season, keeping 11 clean sheets, but has now fallen out of favour behind Paul Nardi in between the sticks.

The towering 6-foot-6 goalkeeper has made four appearances for the France Under-20 side, and will be looking to learn invaluable lessons off an experienced goalkeeper in Casilla during his stay at Elland Road.

Leeds are also expected to sign Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah on loan for the season today.

The Verdict

Meslier looks to be a really promising goalkeeper, and it’s a signing that Leeds fans will simply have no complaints about.

After Peacock-Farrell left for Turf Moor, they needed a new, young goalkeeper that could really get the best out of Casilla, and would push him all the way for the number one jersey.

Casilla is obviously likely to play every game whilst fit, but if Meslier trains well and impresses Bielsa, then who knows what may happen this season.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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