Leeds United are interested in signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, a report from Football Insider has claimed.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are reportedly in the market for a new goalkeeper to provide support for Lorient loanee Illan Meslier – whose move to Elland Road is expected to be made permanent in the summer – amid uncertainty around the future of current number one Kiko Casilla.
According to the latest reports, one option that Leeds are considering for that role is Ramsdale, with the Championship promotion chasers said to have been monitoring the 21-year-old throughout the course of the season.
But with Ramsdale himself still at an early stage in his career – with this his first season playing regular top-flight football – you have to wonder whether Leeds may want a more established goalkeeper to partner Meslier if they are to make the step up to the Premier League themselves next season.
Here, we’ve taken a look at three current top-flight goalkeepers who could provide that extra experience around Elland Road, that Leeds may want to consider targeting in the summer.
One other Premier League goalkeeper who has already been liked with a move to Elland Road since the turn of the year, is Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo.
According to reports from his native Chile, Bravo is enjoying his current life in England, and has an admirer in the form of Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.
As a result, it is thought that a move to Yorkshire in the summer – when he is out of contract at the Etihad – could be an option for the 36-year-old, whose time with the likes of City and Barcelona would make him a reliable option between the posts for the Whites, as well as a useful source of insight for a young up and coming ‘keeper such as Meslier.
One Premier League ‘keeper who will surely be on the move when the transfer window reopens again in the summer, is Joe Hart.
Having not made a league appearance for Burnley since Boxing Day 2018, and with his contract at Turf Moor set to expire at the end of this season, you imagine Hart will be looking for a new club in just a few months time.
That is something that Leeds may want to consider taking advantage of, given that with 330 appearances and two winners medals from his time in the Premier League, he clearly knows what he is doing at this level.
There may however be some concerns about whether his lack of game time recently could lead to one or two nervy moments in his game as he first gets back up to speed, which would surely come into Leeds’ thinking when weighing up whether or not to make a move for the soon to be 33-year-old.
Unlike Hart and Bravo, Ryan is still a regular feature in the Premier League for his current club Brighton, and has been so ever since his arrival at the AMEX just under three years ago.
The Australian has been outstanding for the Seagulls ever since then, meaning Leeds would surely have no concerns about turning to him as their number one if they were to secure his services, and promotion to the top-flight.
With Brighton currently just two points clear of the relegation zone, if Graham Potter’s side were to drop out of the Premier League at the end of this season, then Leeds going the other way could give them the chance to put the pressure on over this potential move.
It should of course be noted that these two do have recent history in the transfer window, with centre back Ben White enjoying an outstanding campaign on loan at Elland Road from the Seagulls this season, something which would add an interesting subplot to any potential pursuit of a deal here.