According to the Mirror, Burnley are interested in signing Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Sean Dyche is seeking to revitalise his ‘keeping options at Turf Moor this summer. To that end, the Clarets are open to offers for Tom Heaton and are willing to let Joe Hart leave on a free transfer.
Peacock-Farrell may be brought in to provide back up for Nick Pope should both Heaton and Hart take their leave. However, the 22-year-old may not be so easy to prise away from Elland Road. Kiko Casilla has been inconsistent between the sticks for the Whites since his January arrival from Real Madrid. For that reason, Marcelo Bielsa may be reluctant to let Peacock-Farrell go.
However, the Yorkshire club should in fact welcome interest in the young English shot-stopper. Whilst he may well still improve a great deal, there are flaws in Peacock-Farrell’s game. Considering Leeds will be chasing promotion this season, they can’t afford to have an unreliable and raw goalkeeper. The No. 1 is also one of the club’s most potentially profitable assets. Given his age and nationality, the Whites could likely command a good price for Peacock-Farrell.
Those funds could then be re-invested in a new ‘keeper, who could really compete with Casilla for the starting spot. In the long term, Leeds may eventually come to regret letting Peacock-Farrell go. Especially if he reaches his full potential. However, for achieving the more immediate goal of promotion, cashing in on the youngster would be a wise move.
Alternatively, Bielsa might consider trying to strike an ambitious swap deal with Burnley. With Peacock-Farrell heading to Turf Moor, and the clearly unwanted Joe Hart coming in the other direction. The 75-cap England man would be a brilliant signing for Leeds.