Leeds close on new goalkeeper as Chelsea midfielder signs up

Date published: Saturday 30th June 2018 11:10 - James Marshment

Leeds have signed Lewis Baker on a season-long loan from Chelsea, as manager Marcelo Bielsa begins to shape his squad for the new season.

Recently-appointed Whites boss Bielsa is ready to re-shape his squad after announcing a list of 14 stars he would like to keep – with the capture of a new No 1 among his summer priorities.

The club has seen efforts to land David Stockdale from Birmingham stall, while they had looked hopeful of landing Angus Gunn on loan, be it from his current club Manchester City, or Southampton, for whom he’s tipped to join in a £15million deal.

However, it seems the club have already moved on from the duo, with Chelsea keeper Jamal Blackman seemingly now top of their wishlist.

The 24-year-old impressed during a season-long loan at Sheffield United last season and Chelsea are keen for the player to gain further experience this coming campaign.

The Blades had been keen to bring the former England U19 stopper back – but after being pictured at Leeds’ Thorp Arch training complex on Friday, it seems a move to Leeds is close.

Meanwhile, Leeds have confirmed the season-long loan of midfielder Baker.

Baker’s loan move to Leeds will be the fifth temporary move of his career, after he spent the 2017/18 campaign at Middlesbrough, and he becomes the first official signing of the Bielsa era at Leeds.


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