Leeds to sign Prem keeper as Casilla successor, claims former star

Date published: Thursday 20th June 2019 4:37

Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan believes his former club will target Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers this summer as speculation over the future of Kiko Casilla continues. 

After the failure to get promoted last season, Casilla is expected to return to Spain this summer despite only signing from Real Madrid in January.

Leeds have been linked with Bournemouth keeper Travers on a loan deal as a possible replacement for the Spaniard. Travers, 20, comes with a fine reputation after making his Premier League debut in May 2019, becoming the first teenage goalkeeper since Joe Hart in 2006 to start a Premier league fixture.

Now, Whelan, who played for Leeds between 1993 and 1995, has given his thoughts on the goalkeeper situation – and of potential recruit Travers.

“Leeds will be in the market for a keeper,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“They are looking at the Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers on loan and Eddie Howe has given him a rave review.

“He seems pretty pleased with the young man and the way he has developed. He definitely has something, and it looks like he’s really special. Bournemouth have quality players and he was good enough to be part of their squad last season.

“He was also named man-of-the-match against a good Tottenham side at the end of the season, which shows he has the right temperament.”

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Whelan also explained that Leeds are in the market for a new keeper with Casilla likely to head back to LaLiga.

Leeds signed the keeper on a free transfer from Real Madrid, but his reported £30,000 a week wages are unsustainable in the Championship and the club will look to move him on.

“Leeds are looking at a replacement because it seems that Casilla will be going back to Spain,” Whelan continued.

“We could have two quality young keepers next season, with Travers and [Bailey] Peacock-Farrell.”

Peacock-Farrell’s future at Leeds is also doubtful with the player saying he would look to leave if he was on the bench again next season.


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