The Daily Star have reported that Leeds United are set to confirm the signing of Lorient goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a season-long loan, with a medical pencilled in for Wednesday.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper is highly-rated in his own country and is said to be one of the best rising stars in French football. The 6ft 6in stopper made two appearances for France’s Under-20 side at this summer’s World Cup.
Leeds are likely to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, after Bailey Peacock-Farrell left the club to join Burnley for £3.5million. Leeds Live had previously claimed Leeds would sign a goalkeeper from the French leagues.
Though it is believed that Meslier is to act as Kiko Casilla’s back-up, the report claims Leeds have brought the teenager to Elland Road to rival Spain international Meslier. Kamil Miazek and Will Huffer are other options.
Goal claimed last year that Meslier was once wanted by Chelsea, after breaking into Lorient’s side and conceding just 32 goals in 20 games.
TBR’s view – Huffer needs to leave Leeds on loan again
Huffer was overlooked on the Leeds bench for Polish goalkeeper Miazek over the weekend, and is now likely to be fourth choice at Elland Road following the signing of Meslier.
The Englishman went on loan to Barnet last season and Huffer desperately needs another loan to show Marcelo Bielsa what he can do. The signing of Meslier should help Leeds sanction a move for Huffer.