Leeds United’s on-loan goalkeeper Illan Meslier is itching to stay in West Yorkshire and is considering snubbing a return to his parent club, it has been claimed.
The 19-year-old joined the Whites from French side Lorient on a loan which finishes in the summer, with the youngster set against the hop back across the Channel.
According to The Athletic, Meslier is loving playing his football in England under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.
Meslier was brought in as back-up for Kiko Casilla and made his first appearance of the campaign in Monday in Leeds’ FA Cup tie against Arsenal, impressing in the 1-0 defeat that was an injustice to the Whites’ solid performance.
The loan move does have an option-to-buy clause implemented, meaning Leeds would be able to sign Meslier on a permanent deal at the end of the season should they wish.
The Athletic suggests that Leeds rate the young keeper highly and a permanent transfer could be on the cards, should he continue to impress at Elland Road.
Meslier has represented France across a number of youth levels and now finds himself involved with the Under-21s setup.
Bielsa may envisage the Frenchman’s development and with a market value of £4.5m, he could be a real steal for the West Yorkshire club.
Although he only has featured sporadically at Elland Road, the teenager has featured over 30 times for his parent club Lorient in Ligue 2.
Meanwhile, the Whites have reportedly been busy in the January window having been linked with a number of second strikers as back-up for Patrick Bamford.
This comes as loanees Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke were both recalled by their parent clubs following a lack of game time.
Reports have claimed that Che Adams is keen on a move to Elland Road, although Marcelo Bielsa was quiet on the rumours in his latest press conference.
Marcelo Bielsa has openly spoken about bringing in a winger and a striker in the January window to bolster Leeds’ attack ahead of a title challenge.
Leeds are currently sitting top of the Championship on goal difference, with a big Yorkshire clash against Sheffield Wednesday coming up on Saturday.
United are nine points clear of third place, knowing it would take a colossal shock for them not to go up automatically.