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Leeds United move for Keiren Westwood makes a lot of sense

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Leeds United move for Keiren Westwood makes a lot of sense

The Irishman is battling with a groin injury, but would still be an exceptional signing for Leeds United.

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood this week.

The Sun reports that Leeds are one of three teams interested in signing the player – along with Southampton and Celtic.

It comes amid continued injury trouble for the Republic of Ireland international. He has been out of action since December with a groin tear and is not expected to feature again this season.

The Owls are therefore said to be considering letting Westwood go, with just one year left on the 33-year-old’s contract.

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His injury issues would be a massive concern to any club looking to sign Westwood. But despite that, he would be an excellent buy for Leeds United.

Leeds desperately need a new goalkeeper option in the summer. Both Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan have proved disappointing since their summer arrivals. That has seen youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell make the starting position his own.

With Wiedwald widely expected to be heading back to Germany and little faith in Lonergan’s abilities, Westwood would be a brilliant recruit.

He has struggled with injury lately, but he has also been a top goalkeeper at this level for four years now. At the end of the 2015-16 season, he was even crowned the Championship’s Goalkeeper of the Season.

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Having him as the number one, Lonergan perhaps as number three and Peacock-Farrell second-choice and learning from two experienced Football League stoppers could be an ideal situation for Leeds.

Westwood would be the man responsible for manning the goal on a regular basis. If injuries do become an issue, Leeds can be confident Peacock-Farrell is only improving by training with the Irishman every day.

If they can convince their Yorkshire rivals to sell then bringing in Westwood would be an absolute no-brainer for Leeds United this summer.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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